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FOR ALUMNI OF 
THE ACADEMIC 
CAMPUS OF 
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Got the latest issue o{Shafer 
Court Connections and thought 
the article on integration was ver)' 
good. You're doing an excellent 
job with the magazine. 
GraceLessner'81BS/MC 

I just received Shafer Court, it's a 
really good issue. But what does 
the asterisk mean before alumni 
in AlumNet? 
Teresa Dogherty 

*Members of the VCU Alumni 
Association — sorry, we lost the 
explanation. 

I just received my summer 
edition — like a letter from home. 
Thanks too for covering the 
RPI Reunion. Here is a 
sketch of Founders 




Hall I did during the reunion. 

Keep up your splendid work 
and thanks for the memories. 
Jean Light Willis '6 IBFA/A 

My thanks for the article about 
my work by Jean Huets '80BA/ 
H&S in the summer issue ("Circle 
of Life"). She certainly did a good 
job, especially as we had not met 
face to face. 

1 enjoyed seeeing pictures of 
some old friends of the William 
and Mary Extension days: Loise 
Lanhorne Easley, Frances 
Holtzclaw Stebbins, LaUa 
Wherry PearsaU. 

I learned a lot about VCU. 
You have a very professional 
magazine. 
Ann Cottrell Free 1934-36 



I want the entire Shafer Court staff 
to know we appreciate your good 
(hard) work. My husband, a UR 
grad, has always received sharp 
and thorough publications. UR 
can't touch us now! 

VCU just clicked with me, 
especially as an older student. 
And now my husband is getting 
his MBA at VCU. 
Kay Adams '94BS/H&S 

I like so much what you've been 
doing with the magazine. 

The cover story on integration 
at RPI and VCU was impressive. 
It's not every school that would 
focus on that part of its past. 
But you met it head on — that's 
so VCU! 
Laura Cameron '83BS/MC 

Thank you for sharing your cover 
story on integration. It reminds 
me that things really aren't as 
awful as they used to be — and 
haven't improved as much as they 
should have, either. Historically 
it's a good persective on RPI and 
VCU for someone unfamiliar 
with it; this truly is an interesting 
university. 
Florence Johnson 

I would like a couple of copies of 
your excellent Shafer Court 
Connections magazine for a 
couple of special people in there 
that I would like to distribute this 
to. You did a beautiful job with 
the cover story. Excellent job. 
Dr. Francis Foster 

Thank you for sending me copies 
of the Sumer 1995 issue of Shafer 
Court Connections. I am pleased 
that the article on the integration 
of Richmond Professional 
Institute and Virginia 
Commonwealth University 
turned out so well. 
Dr. Grace Harris '60MSW/SW 

Dr. Harris had a couple of correc- 
tions to our timeline in the cover 
story: In 1951 the first five black 
fiill-time graduate students were 
admitted to the School of Social 
Work: Hilda Warden, Joe Obey, 



Loma Green, Rose Robinson and 
Antoinette Hudson. In l%7, the 
first three full-time black faculty 
members hired were Dr. Grace 
Harris in the School of Social 
Work, Dr. Rizpah Welch in the 
School of Education and Regenia 
Perry in the School of the Arts. 

"This Was My Time" brought 
back many memories of my days 
at RPI, 1947-50. 1 was active in 
the interracial Richmond 
Intercollegiate Council and 
worked closely with students 
from other local colleges. Our 
faculty mentors were RPI's Dr. 
Alice Davis and Rev. Samuel 
Candy, chaplain at Virginia State 
University. 

When Paul Robeson gave a 
concert at the segregated Mosque, 
I was president of the RIC. We 
decided to attend as a group, with 
Dr. Davis as our leader. When we 
started to go up the stairs to the 
balcony, the guard said, "Upstairs 
is for colored." Very calmly, as 
was her style, Dr. Davis respond- 
ed, "We all have colored blood." 
We went to the balcony and thor- 
oughly enjoyed the performance. 
Dr. David Jeffreys '48BS 
'50MS/SW 

Reading "This Was My Time" in 
the summer issue was fantastic for 
me. I had no idea that RPI had 
admitted Hilda Warden as a 
student the year after I graduated. 
I was an active member of the 
Richmond Intercollegiate Council 
for two or three years. The experi- 
ence was was both very rewarding 
and very frustrating. After a year 
of meetings, my group from the 
council sent out questionaires and 
survey cards to RPI students 
asking whether they would 
approve, disapprove, or were 
undecided about having Negroes 
in class or attending special 
meetings and institutes with 
Negro students within the School 
of Social Work. Council members 
from RPI were called into Dr. 
Hibbs' office and told I ) leave the 
college or 2) quit doing the 
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Students at RPI were receptive 
to integration. I'm not sure that 
parents of these students were too 
pleased with the prospect, and I 
think Dr. Hibbs had already 
heard from a few of them. This 
was the last semester of my senior 
year. I chose to graduate. 

The council also worked 
toward an integrated church 
service. This failed as well. The 
pastor of the church at the last 
moment had the black students 
ushered to the balcony. 

Forty-six years later, I realize 
that our committee perhaps did 
some good after all. 
Joy Mathis Post '49BS/H&S 
Homer, Alaska 

I received, with great enthusiasm, 
your Summer 1995 issue. It 
brought back cherished memories 
of grand old times at RPI- VCU. 
My 35 years spent there left me 
with a great sense of fulfillment. 
Thank you for highlighting 
the young men on the 1956-57 
Green Devils basketball team and 
our visit to Reunion 1995. 
Coach Ed Allen 

The sec issue was great all 
around. I am honored to be in it 
with all my friends and the others. 
Yes, I would like more copies. Are 
10 too greedy? If so, send me what 
you can. 
Ed Peeples '57BS/E 



Please write us at 
VCUAlumni Association 
P.O. Box S43044 
Richmond, VA 23284-3044. 

Send email to 
VCU-ALUM&vcu.edu; 
VCUAA's internet homepage is 
coming soon. 

Or call 

(804) VCU-ALUM (828-2586). 



"If you're looking for any of the gang, and they aren't at school, 
chances are you'll find them here." — TIte Wigwant yearbook, 
1955. Not in the know? Check page 32. 




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Partnership Packs a Punch. The 

Greater Richmond Partnership's 
November reception in New York 
inchided Gregory Wingfield '75BS 
'76MURP/H&S, the partnership's 
executive director: Phyllis Cothran 
'71BS/B, president and CEO of 
Trigon insurance; VCU sculptor 
Elizabeth King: and VCU's 
President Eugene P. Trani. VCU is 
a major player in Richmotni's 
public/private economic partner- 
ship. Members were in New York 
for the Virginia Chamber of 
Commerce's Report to Top 
Management, an annual event 
to market Virginia. 

Several of King's sculptures 
(center, above) were on view at the 
Alan Stone Gallery for the recep- 
tion, and she has also been chosen 
to exhibit pieces at the '96 Summer 
Olympics in Atlanta. 



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Virginia Commonwealth Universit/s legislative priorities for the 1 9% session of the General 
Assembly target major projects important to the econcjmy and quality of life of Virginia. Purwling 
for these projects als<^) supports "A Strategic Plan for the Future of Virginia OjmmonweaJth 
University." 

• Governor Allen has included $ 1 .5 million in operating funds for the SchtxJ of Engineering in 
his budget submission for 1996-98. We are raising more than S23 million in private funds to 
establish a world-class school. Underlining its importance is the decision of Motorola, Inc to 
build in Virginia, in part because of incentives tied to VCU's school 

• State general funds currendy provide less than 30 percent of the average annual cost to educate 
each medical student at VCU's School of Medicine and the University of Virginia. More than 

half of VCU's medical education revenues come from subsidies 
from MCV Hospitals and physician-faculty income. We 
predict an 18 to 25 percent decline in these subsidies as a result 
of new market forces in health care and anticipated reductions 
in Medicare and Medicaid funding. Therefore, we are asking 
for an additional $6.7 million per year in 1996-98. These funds 
would bring the state's share of the cost of medical education to 
43 percent. 

It is essential that MCV Hospitals receive greater flexibility to 

operate in the rapidly changing health-care market \Ve vviD be 
asking legislators to create a governmental authorit)' to manage 
MCV Hospitals. Such an entit)' would free .MCVTi from state 
regulations, which currendy inhibit its competiti%eness in per- 
sonnel issues, purchasing and capital projects. .\IC\' Hospitals 
would still be part of state government, maintaining its eligjbili- 
t)' for funding for medical education and indigent care. 

• VCU also is requesting $750,000 over the course of the biennium to help the School of 
Pharmacy launch the Doctor of Pharmacy program. This new program is part of the 
University's strategic plan and replaces the baccalaureate degree. For the School of Dentistry, 
we are asking for $250,000 to continue critically needed general-fund support for the 
Commonwealth's only dental school and one of the highest ranked dental schools in the 
nation. 

• VCU is requesting $20 million in general fund support for its information technolog\- plan. 
This crucial piece of VCU's strategic planning emisions major changes in supporting both our 

academic and administrative goals. 

• Compensation for faculty' and staff is again a state-wide issue, and we are joining our col- 
leagues at Virginia's colleges and unix'ersities in making the case for performance-based pay 
increases. The continuing risk that we face in Virginia is the loss of \'aluable, excellent fecuh)' 
and staff to better paying positions in and outside higher education. 

VCU counts on you, our alumni, to help us educate public opinion about the needs and 
benefits of higher education and to support these needs \\ith your representatives. In March, we 
will know the outcome of our legislative priorities, and you will be updated later on the budget 
outlook for VCU during the 1996-98 biennium. 

EUGENE P. TRANI 
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FINE BUILDING 

The new Fine Arts Center is 
coming off the drawing board and 
onto campus. VCU's Board of 
Visitors approved the building's 
design this fail. Plans will absorb 
the existing Department of Crafts 
building at the corner of Main 
and Belvidere into a structure that 
will nearly triple its size to 
1 50,000 square feet. The new 
building wiU consolidate the 
Departments of Crafts and 
Painting and Printmaking and 
will be the new headquarters of 
VCU's School of the Arts as well 
as the new home of the Anderson 
Gallery — all of them currently 
scattered around campus. 

As for the design of the new 
structure, Edwin Blanks, associate 
provost for academic affairs, says 
it was created "from the inside 
out. Form follows function." 
Features of the new structure 
include lots of windows to bring 
natural light into the building, 
and studios that cater to the needs 
of specific disciplines. The project 
is slated for completion by 
fall 1998. 

NUMBERS UP 

VCU's research grant and con- 
tracts for the fiscal year 1995 
reached a record $83 million fol- 
lowing a total for 1994 of $81.9 
million. Private gifts this year 
totaled just under last year's 
record $25 million. 

VCU also reports more 
freshman enrolled for 1994-95 — 
and more students accepted to 
VCU's Honors Program. "More 
people are attending college," says 
Dr. Grace Harris, provost and 
vice president for academic 
affairs. "We see this as a turning 



point in increasing the number of 
full-time, degree-seeking 
students." Harris adds that the 
100-student rise in the Honors 
Program testifies to the rising 
caliber of students attracted to 
both VCU campuses. The 
program now supports 1,020 
undergraduates. 

Numbers are up for alumni 
support as well. Alumni gifts and 
pledges for the university in 1995 
totalled more than $3 million, up 
82 percent since 1993. The VCU 
Alumni Association drew 700 new 
members, with 350 new members 
at the MCV Alumni Association. 

Welcome back — and thanks. 

INTO THE 
STRATOSPHERE 

VCU's new engineering school 
welcomed its first professor at the 
turn of the year. Nationally recog- 
nized researcher and former UVA 
professor of Engineering and 
Applied Science Dr. Robert 
Mattauch was chosen from 1400 
applicants from across the 
country. Mattauch was interested 
in the VCU appointment because, 
"Very rarely do you have the 
opportunity to create a program 
from the ground up, carefully 
selecting the elements that will 
ensure your success." 

Mattauch's has been studying 
100 GHz wave range devices, and 
some of his research has been 
applied to semiconductors for use 
in radio astronomy. His research 
also led to the world's first effort 
to measure the concentration of 
chlorine monoxide in the stratos- 
phere. At VCU, his research will 
be applied to the Engineering 
School's focus on manufacturing, 
particularly in its relationship 



with Motorola, Inc., which is 
building a new plant in 
Goochland. 

NEW RECTOR AND 
BOARD MEMBERS 

In May the Board of Visitors 
elected Stuart C. Seigel the new 
rector of VCU. Seigel is the CEO 
of S8cK Famous Brands and the 
major donor and co-chairman of 
fundraising for the Stuart C. 
Seigel Convocation and 
Recreation Center planned for the 
academic campus. 

Four new members have been 
named to VCU's Board of 
Visitors by Governor George 
Allen: Dr. George White Jr. 



'62MD/M an orthopedic surgeon 
with Winchester Orthopedic 
Associates in Winchester and 
counselor of the 7th district with 
the Medical Society of Virginia; 
William DeRusha '76BS/B 
chairman and CEO of Heilig- 
Meyers Company — 1987 
Alumnus of the Year, 1993 Wayne 
Medal; Steven Markel, vice 
chairman of Markel Corporation 
and a member of the VCU School 
of Business Council; and Diane 
Linen Powell, vice president of 
public relations of International 
Family Entertainment and 
chairman of Des Plaines 
Publishing. 

AD VANTAGE 

when the VCU Ad Center opens 
in fall 1996, it will be the only 
graduate school of advertising in 
the U.S. that puts students 
straight to work in the advertising 
community the first day of class. 
"The idea is to create a seamless 
educational experience," says 
Diane Cook-Tench, Ad Center 
director. "Students will begin 
shaping themselves for the real 
world immediately upon starting 
our master's program." 




BONDS OF AFFECTION 

"It's not enough to teach. One must give the reason 
for learning," said Maurice Bonds '40BFA/A, artist 
and VCU professor emeritus of art history, who died 
November 30 in Richmond, at 77. "He was a 
remarkable person, " says Bruce Koplin '61BFA 
'63MFA/A, chairman of VCU's art history depart- 
ment and a former student of Bonds. In his 32 years 
at RPI and VCU, Bonds nurtured generarions of 
creative, professional artists and articulate teachers, 
and they speak of him with strong respect and awed affection. 

"He inspired," says Richard Kevorkian, artist and VCU professor 
emeritus. "He told me once 'Kevorkian, sometimes if you tell someone 
often enough that he's a genius, he will be.'" Bonds even bought paints for 
a student in a financial bind. Artist Willie Anne Wright '64MFA/A and 
her classmates, "adored him. We worked so hard to get an A from him." 
She got her MFA because of Bonds. "He made me feel I could do 
anything." 

And Bonds "did everything," Wright says. He was chairman, first of 
RPI's Fine Arts Department — made up of sculpture, painting and print- 
making, and art history — and then as the school grew, chairman of art 
history. "He was the one being who held that place together, for the art 
students," says Tom Waters '61BFA '63MFA, now an art history 
chairman himself. "OF Mo knew the answers." Koplin marvels, "It's 
amazing what he was able to accomplish with limited funds. RPI was a 
special place." 



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Cook- 
'lench is a 
veteran of 
I he ad world 
,irul winner 
ol nearly 
one hundred 
awards lor 
her work. 
She joined 
VCU in lale 
1991 as an associate professor of 
communications. She developed 
the Ad Center in cooperation 
with industry and academic 
leaders and thinks the result is a 
one-of-a-kind program that fully 
integrates the creative and 
business sides of the industry. 
Students will choose tracks in art 
direction, copywriting or account 
management and work in teams 
to develop work for agencies. 

Professionals in Richmond 
and around the country have 
agreed to offer internships to Ad 
Center students and to come to 
campus. "These students will be 
working for more than just a 
grade," Cook-Tench says. 
"They're like the farm team for 
many of these agencies." 



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KEEPING 
PROMISES 

I'liS lijs docuniented the e 
of VCU and three other 
Richmond colleges to change the 
future for local elementary 
students. "The Carver Promise" 
aired in Richmond October 1 1 
and may be picked up by the 
network. "The Promise" guaran- 
tees Carver tiementary's inner 
city third-graders a college educa- 
tion and financial a,ssistance if 
they meet college requirements 
when they reach the university 
level. VCU President Eugene 
Trani says VCU is committed to 
the project which he hopes will 
teach students ^^^^^^^^ 
and their 
families the 
value of higher 
education. 

To give Carver's 
kids a solid start, 
students from VCU, the 
University of Richmond 
VUU and ). Sargent 
Reynolds are tutoring 
them. "All of these boys and 
girls throughout their lives 
have had broken promises," 
Principal George Crockett says 



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Kevorkian says,"As chairman, Maurice carved a place for his facult)' 
where they worked best — and then he didn't meddle. He was not focused 
on simply his own work; he always saw things whole." Bonds began the 
student Fine Arts Club, and auctioned student art to stretch funds. 

The brilliant, witty lectures, the auctioneering and student support 
were "not in the least ostentatious," says Waters. Bonds was a man of 
quiet, pervasive dignity. "It took time to know how powerful he was, to 
realize his wealth of knowledge." Wright adds that "he was a good artist 
himself His paintings were lively and witty." 

Bonds' influence still echoes throughout the lives of his students. 
"Maurice Bonds opened a door for me that enriched every way 1 perceive 
art," says Robertson Langley Wood '49BS/H&S. Wright remembers an 
alumni tour in Europe, where another alumna suddenly said in Rome, "I 
can hear his voice speaking about this — can't you hear Mr. Bonds now?" 
Please send memorial gifts to the Maurice Bonds Scholarship in Art History, 
P.O. Box 842519. Richmond, VA 23284-2519. 

BUILDER, DONOR, BUSINESSMAN 

E. Claiborne Robins '33BS/P, a Richmond pharmaceutical manufacturer 
and longtime contributor to the university, died luly b, 1995 at the age of 
84. Claiborne was a strong supporter of VCU's new School of Engineering 
and contributed $500,000 toward the school. He had also donated $2 
million in 1973 for the construction of the School of Pharmacy building 
on the medical campus. 

"Claiborne was a remarkable human being," said President Eugene 
Trani, "His impact on this communiU' will be felt for generations to 
come. He will be missed." 



in the film. "After awhik it 
becomes a way of life. We mus' 

offer them a start and an end.' 

SEEING IN BLACK 
AND WHITE 

VCU Professors |ohn Mocscr and 
Christopher Silver have published 
Separate City, a book that makes 
some astute observations about 
the cohesivcncss of the Souths 
black population in the years ol 
.segregation. The authors, both 
white, focus on Richmond, 
Atlanta and Memphis, from 
1940-48. 

"Anytime you have white 
folks making observations about 
the black communi- 
ty in a book like this, 
it's bound to 
attract heat," 
ii^ ■ says Dr. Avon 
f/tf Drake, outspoken 
black VCU professor 
of African American 
studies. "But as far as the 
basic empirical obsen'ations 
the book makes, my observa- 
tions fall in line with theirs." 
Moeser and Silver believe that 
°as society opened to the black 
; community after the civil rights 
= movement, blacks stopped relying 
;; so much on their own communal 
J bond as they were once forced to 
; do. As some blacks acquired 
I wealth, they left cities for suburbs, 
> and ties broke down further. 
"■ "Such strong ties were formed 
almost primally, as a means ot 
sun'ival," Drake agrees. "The 
black commimity was stronger 
when the professional and 
business classes lived in closer 
proximity to the working class 
and the poor." 

Some might argue that the 
struggle for equality is still as 
great, though the authors don't 
necessarily think so. The separa- 
tion and widening gap bet\veen 
well-off and poor does mean that 
now blacks and \vhites have "radi- 
cally different perceptions of 
reality." Moeser and Silver believe 
that interracial harmony is 
possible onlv through communi- 
cation — which, they say, rarelv 
takes place in Richmond. 




MOVIETONE NEWS 

President Eugene Trani and 
Presidential Aide Charlie 
Sheen took a break last 
summer from the fight for 
I higher education. Sheen and 
I Linda Hamilton were on 
I campus shooting The 
' Shadow Conspiracy. In the 
film to be released this 
I spring. Sheen plays an aide 
I to the president — of die 
I United States. 
' Among campus coming 
attractions is a film about the 
I first woman Navy SEAL — 
I working tide, G.I. Jane. 
I The advance team was 
' scouting campus locations 
in December for die film 
, starring Demi Moore and 
I directed by Blade Runner's 
' Ridley Scott Cutting ed^ 
' movie-maldng ri^t here 
' at VCU. 

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WINDOW WITHIN 

Drawing From Within, the new 
1996 Engagement calendar 
created by the Virginia Treatment 
Center for Children features 
artwork created by kids with 
emotional, behavioral and mental 
disabilities, who are patients at 
MCV Hospital. Therapy for these 
children comes through music, 
recreation and art, and often 
provides an intriguing window 
into who they really are. 

Calendar proceeds help 
support arts at the center and 
help fund research programs at 
the Commonwealth Institute for 
Child and Family Studies. You 
can see the children's work at 
MCV Hospital until February 10. 
Or order the calendar from the 
Commonwealth Institute at (804) 
828-4393. 




SHIFT CHANGES 

Reorganize, consolidate, sharpen 
our focus. A number of recent 
changes will help VCU do that. 

Dr. Alvin Schexnider (below), 
vice provost for undergraduate 
studies and associate vice presi- 
dent for 

academic affairs, 
left VCU in 
lanuary to 
become chan- 
cellor of 
Winston-Salem 
State University, 
a historically 
black college in Winston-Salem, 
North Carolina. Schexnider has 
held several administrative posts 
at VCU since 1987 and has served 
on the state Board of Education. 

Schexnider's position has 
been changed to vice provost for 
academic aftairs — consolidating 
undergraduate studies, academic 
planning and regulations, and 
faculty development. Dr. David 
Hiley is interim vice provost while 
a national search is conducted 
this spring, while he also contin- 
ues as dean of humanities and 
sciences. 

University Enrollment 
Services functions have been reor- 
ganized for a stronger focus on 
marketing, with recruitment 
responsibilities under the vice 
provost for community and inter- 
national programs. Enrollment 
planning is under the vice provost 




A Healthy Start. The Virginia Biotechnology Center opened January 17. The 
city, counties, state, and university partners played their cards right and drew 
a full house for the first completed building in the Virginia Biotechnology 
Research Park, adjacent to the MCV Campus. Smiling tenants range from 
German-based pharmaceutical giant BI Chemicals to startup 
companies which provide de\'elopment, sen'ices and technology 
in drug design, blood analysis, immunoto,\ology assessment 
and disease management. 



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for academic affairs; and admis- 
sions processing, records, regis- 
tration and financial aid are 
under the vice provost for student 
affairs. 

Looking outward, the Board 
of Visitors approved Donald 
Gehring (right) 
in November as 
vice president 
for external 
relations. 
Gehring, 
formerly assis- 
tant to President 
Eugene Trani 
for government and community 
relations, has added VCU's media 
and public relations arm to his 
responsibilities. "The Office of 
News Services is a strong opera- 
tion and I look forward to 
bringing it under the umbrella of 
external affairs," said Gehring. 
"We've been a successful institu- 
tion externally, and I plan to 
continue that pattern." 




SWISH SWITCH 

There's a new coach of the 
women's hoops team, 25-year-old 
Peggy Sells (below), a young but 
successful star both on the court 
and the sidelines. Since her 
coUege days, every team she has 
played for or 
coached has 
won 20 or more 
games and 
appeared in the 
NCAA playoft's. 
Sells promotes 
strong defensive 
teams that can 
hold opponents to 60 points or 
less. And she demands similar 
results from her players in the 
classroom. In her three years a 
coach at USC-Spartansburg her 
players graduated at a rate of 100 
percent. In their first outing, the 
VCU women's team beat Morgan 
State 79-49. 

Sells got a jump start thanks 
to previous coach Susan Walvius, 





TO BEIJING AND BACK 

Among the 30,000 participants in the fourth World Conference on 
Women, held in September in Beijing, was a contingent of 60 (mostly 
students and others from across the country who footed the bill them- 
selves), co-sponsored by VCU's Center for International Programs and 
the Women's Studies Program. VCU prepped with summer seminars like 
"Women, Health and Healing: A Global Perspective" and "Teaching 
Women's Studies" — which political science instructor Deirdre Conduit 
also presented in Beijing. 

According to women who went, this journey really was a trip. Tents in 
the mud, unlikely MacDonald's arches, and "amazing interactions with 
women from all over the world — Asian women who'd been slaves since 
childhood; Japanese women who couldn't vote." "Women of all cultures 
participated in international policymaking," says VCU organizer ludyth 
Twigg, a faculty associate with the Center for International Programs. "I 
really think we're standing on the threshold of international change." 

"It was remarkable," says Cicely Powell '79MEd/E '91MSW/SW. "I 
came away with the encouraging sense that the women's movement was 
trickling down to younger ages." Powell has since spoken at a Richmond 
high school about differences in experience for male and female children 
throughout the world. "I feel like I'm already having an impact, sharing 
this information with the younger generation." 



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wild lu'lpal prnducc V(^U's most 
siiCCcssHil women's baskclliall 
program in more ihan two 
decades. Walvius left VCU to 
coach the women's program at 
West Virginia University. 

FREE PARKING 

No, really! There were .some smug 
smiles and broad grins on campus 
this fall Irom students who got 
lucky. VCU set aside 410 free 
parking spaces for commuting 
students, at the SCI Lot at 
Belvidcre and Broad Streets and 
the CV deck at Belvidere and 
Main. (Engineers and artists, take 
note.) Security guards patrol both 
lots.To save the hike to campus, 
VCU runs shuttle buses from 
these lots to Cabell Library where 
students can catch other shuttles 




"At the point where we badly need 
to restructure social welfare in the 
United States, the 104th Congress 
is dashing pell-mell into the nine- 
teenth century." 

Dr. David Stoesz, VCU's Samuel 
S. Wurtzel Professor of Social 
Work. His work has appeared in 
both scholarly and popular journals. 




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avalid VCU Student ID, first 
come, first served. 

INSIDE STORY 

The August issue ol hilcruir 
Design magazine held good news 
for VCU's Interior Design 
Department. When the magazine 
polled several dozen program 



heads and faculty about top 
design programs in the country, 
VCU ranked fifth, along with 
Cornell University and the 
University of Florida. VCU 
topped competition from both 
coasts — the Fashion Institute of 
Technology in Nc-w York and Art 
Center College of Design in 
Pasadena. 




"There's impressive talent in the Dance Department and wonderful leader- 
ship from Chris Burnside. We'd definitely like to return." 

Clint White '93BS/H&S, manager for the Martha Graham Dance 
Company, on campus for master classes. Their leap of faith was November 
7 at Carpenter Center. 




Not art, but science. Chemistry by 
design, an image of dendritic 
(spiky) C60 clusters (the white 
pools) growing on a graphite 
surface. Nearly 200 scientists from 
23 countries — in physics, chem- 
istry, materials science and 
chemical engineering — explored 
possible superconducting materials 
and other issues in October at the 
Symposium on the Science and 
Technology of Atomically 
Engineered Materials, developed 
by VCU's Physics Department and 
held every four years. Proceedings 
from jena@gems.vcu.edu. 



"A philosopher said that ma\-be 
it's freedom that makes identical 
twins different. It could be 
freedom that makes them alike. I 
think freedom means something 
about the capacit)' of the human 
organism not to be pushed 
around bv external circum- 



Dr. Lindon Eaves, an Anglican 
priest and VCU geneticist, in an 
article on twins from the New 
Yorker, August?. 1995. 



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mcnl began at a rug;.: ^jl.im 
called Decorative An Craft in 
1930. The program has unce 
attracted and graduated tome of 
the finest talent in the field v,t. 
learn from a stellar faculty. 
Professor Buie Harwfx»d, listed in 
Who's Who in Interior Design, is 
invited to speak all over the 
world. With profeswr Paul Peine 
,he has been active in national 
1 icensing of interior designers. 
Professor Craig Marlovr's design 
standards for the Army have been 
adopted as the criteria for all 
Army interiors; his design stan- 
dards are used worid-wide. 

Watch Shafer Court 
Connections for an upcoming 
feature on Interior Design 
alumni. 




"There always seems to be a 
debate about appropriate techni- 
cal and problem soKing skills that 
should be taught in design 
school," 

John DeMao. VCU chairman of 
commur-iication arts and design. 
Hence Zed. the last word in design 
journals. v\'tiich tfie department 
publishes in both print and CD- 
ROM, edited by Assistant 
Professor Katie Salen. Zed is 
S20 an issue. 815 for alumni, at 
Zed. Center for Design. P.O. 
Box 842519. Richmond. VA 
23284-2519. 



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Who could forget registration at the 
Mosque? For nearly 30 years, from the 
mid-SLxties until 1994, the line snaked 
down the sidewalk outside the building. 
Dazed and sweaty (or frozen) students 
emerged in the giant ballroom in the 
basement, blinking at hundreds of tables 
and mUes more lines. With this load of 
memories, the buUding itself qualifies as 
an alumnus. So it's entirely fitting that 
three VCU alumni have contributed new 
art to the grand restoration of the 1927 
building, thanks to the city of 
Richmond's Public Art Program, which 
puts 1 percent of construction costs 
towards art. 

Husband and wife team Rob 
Womack 'SIBFA/A and Catherine 
Roseberry '78BFA/A (Moiv) worked 
nine months on a painted mural at the 
entrance to the Grand Tier. "The vision 
was Rob's," Catherine says. "I started 
thinking about the buUding," he says, 
"seeing it as a magic box, a 1920s 
Hollywood vision of the exotic Middle 
East. The image of the Mosque in the 
bubble came first, and the idea of doing a 
magician's act." The moment captured is 
the magic revealed, the veils lifted and 
floating over the magical images, 
Catherine explains. Inspiration for "The 
Conjuror Revealed" also came from per- 
formers they have seen at the Mosque — 





Miles Davis, the Chinese Magic Circus, 
even Buckminster Fuller — all of them 
conjurors of a sort. Objects and figures 
float in front of an intricately patterned 
golden griU, an eight-point star design 
from an Egyptian Mosque. 

"1 was also playing with scale," Rob 
adds. The great Mosque is inside the 
bubble, made tiny. An opera diva sings 
inside a gilded cage tied with a ribbon 
Uke a toy. An acrobat somersaults over a 
protozoan. 

In their business. Coloratura, 
Womack and Roseberry make paintings 
on furniture and work on separate 
pieces. Catherine designed a previous 
public commission, a mural for 
University of Virginia hospital. "It's very 
nice to work together, on something so 
close to you," she says. Their work has 
appeared in national shows and in 
American and European art and design 
magazines. In 1994, Womack received 
fellowships from NEA and the Virginia 
Commission for the Arts. And, yes, they 
remember registration — "I was amazed 
at that ballroom," Catherine says. 

Metalworker David Shea '88BFA 
'91MFA/A (right) has crafted graceful 
griUs for the six ticket windows. An 
:, adjunct professor. Shea has worked regis- 
i tration from both sides of the table. His 
"■ enthusiasm for the buUding dates back to 
; student days. "I thought, 'What an 
elegant place to have it!'" Shea's bronze 
grills nicely return some of that elegance. 
Glass medallions set into each window 
refer to dance. "The lines swirling in the 



background are practical support for the 
glass," Shea says. And they suppport the 
theme as weM. "I wanted movement, not 
a static image." Shea, who has degrees in 
painting and in crafts, likes "to combine 
the physical nature of metalwork with 
drav«ng skills." He has also designed five 
gates for the front of the building 
(awaiting funding), each grill holding a 
glass image of a performing art. "People 
should be able to look at the building 
and know what goes on here." 

Shea has another public commission 
on view at Northside Richmond's Fire 
Station No. 15, a silhouette of a firefight- 
er climbing a ladder. He has shown his 
work at invitational shows and gaUerys in 
Richmond and Petersburg. 

The refurbished building had a gala 
opening in October with the magic of 
Ray Charles. In deference to Muslim 
believers, the building gets a new name 
as well. For now it's the Richmond 
Landmark Theater untU a benefactor 
(magically?) appears to endow and 
name it. 

Alumni may still feel that the best 
trick of all was negotiating Add-Drop 
successftilly. 



MARY ELLEN MERCER IS THE EDITOR 
OF SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS. 




BY LINDA MILLS 'SSMFA/A AND 
MARY ELLEII MERCER 

There is an .irl to being Murry DePillars, 
one of RiLhmond's key cultural figures 
for more lliaii 20 years. 'I'liere is, of 
course, the pipe that rarely leaves his 
hand. There is his impeccable taste in 
clothing and the way he carries himself. 
And there is the way he left the School of 
the Arts in June — as one of the best in 
the nation. 

DePillars, former dean of the School 
of the Arts, has left VCU to go home to 
Chicago as executive vice president of 
planning and management at Chicago 
State University. "It's time to let 
someone else ride that horse," DePillars 
says of the deanship. But most people 
agree vWth Bill Gaines '50BFA/A — who 
knew Murry as an arts colleague and as 
an adjunct faculty member — that 
"Chicago's gain is VCU's loss." 

During the 20 years that DePillars was 
dean, enrollment grew to 2,400 students 
from 1,500, external funding rose to $2 
million and endowment funding is now 
30 times what it was — $3 million last 
year. 

Gaines speaks of the school's 
"enormous growth," but points out, 
"size is not everything. Murry expected a 
highly professional staff and students 
who aimed for excellence." VCU's presi- 
dent. Dr. Eugene Trani, credits DePiQars 
for "guiding the School of the Arts to 
national prominence in all fields. His 
contributions are invaluable." 

DePillars demurs, praising "a won- 
derful staff. I haven't done a thing except 
get out of their way and let them do their 
jobs." Maybe. But a theme people repeat 
is "accessibility." New York painter 
Judith Godwin '53BFA/A says, "He is 
open to new ideas. He is always interest- 
ed in alumni and their projects — and of 
course, in students. He's a delightful 
man, very honest, and someone I 
respect." With his encouragement, 
Godwin established a thriving committee 
of arts alumni in New York City. Her 
latest project was a show at the Amarillo 
Art Museum in November. 

When Sally Bowring '83MFA/A had 
a show in Chicago a couple of years ago, 
"Murn,' really lit up. He was thrilled 
because it was in his home towii." As a 
student, "whenever I went to him, for 




anything, he was always very helpful and 
supportive." 

"I've been accused of being an 
advocate for undergraduate students, " 
DePillars says with a sly smile. "But I 
look at the large number of our gradu- 
ates who are earning a living with their 
art. That's success." 

The parent who cornered DePillars at 
Commencement certainly agrees. She 
was thrilled that her son had blossomed 
in the School of the Arts, where the 
young artist was no longer Nnewed as a 
"misfit." Godwin laughs to hear that 
story. "We were all misfits at home." 
DePillars says, "When it comes to taking 
care of students, we all see eye to eye. 
That's one of the things I love about our 
faculty — they care for the students." 

DePillars continues, "The School of 
the Arts is an environment where people 
can have ideas and other people listen to 



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them. We can be having a major dis- 
agreement one moment, then going out 
for ajffec the next That's vjmething 
some people don't always understand" 

Over a long working friendship, 
( <aines has been impressed with Murr/s 
enthusiastic participation in extended 
communities, l(x:ally, rc-gionaJly and 
nationally. "A.s a black man and an artist, 
Murry had a broader involvc-mcnt than 
someone else in his position might have; 
beyond being an administrator and 
educator, he was active in the arts com- 
munity and in the black community." 

DePillars is an established pointer, but 
his first passion is music — blues and jazz. 
He helped establish the Richmond Jazz 
Festival to bring musicians like Ellis 
Marsalis, Herbie Mann and Dizzy 
Gillespie to the campus and the cit>'. 

"Growing up in Chicago," DePillars 
explains, "1 was in a house where there 
was always music, greiv up listening to 
the blues and jazz. Muddy Waters li\'ed 
down the street. During nap time in 
kindergarten, when my teacher left the 
room, I would entertain the kids by 
singing blues songs." 

He thought about a career in music 
"but I saw how jazz musicians had to 
live. A side of me is conceptual and fluid, 
but a side of me is practical" He kept his 
day job. 

So, what about the new position ? 
"It's a job that encompasses the \s-hole 
planning process of the universit)'." 
DePillars chuckles. "It lets me get into 
even-body's business." The femous smile 
glo\vs e^'en brighter. 

DePillars is already missed by col- 
leagues, alumni and friends. .And the 
feeling is mutual. He left with st>ie, as 
al\\a)"s. He quoted blues singer Joe 
Williams — 

"I'm goin" to Chicago. Sony, but I 
can't take you ..." 

Sinc^ DePillars' depamire, Vioituis 
DeSmidt, associate' dean of die sdiool is 
senimas interim deatu A national search 
for a ncn' dean is under way. 

LINDA MILLS FINISHED A". , = - ■. 
CREATIVE WRITING AT VC„ .'. 
DECEMBER. PARTS OF THIS STORY 
APPEARED IN VCU VOICE. THE 
FACULTY-STAFF NEWSPAPER. 



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Alliea I Icahh Professions 

David W. Sin^ley Jr. '85MI LA 

Arts 

Roterta A Williamson 76MFA 

Basic Healtn Sciences 

David L Cocliran 77MS '81 DDS '82PliD 

Business 

Robert ] Grey Jr. 73BS 

Dentistry 

Anne C. Adams 76MS '80DDS 

Eaucation 

M. Kennetk Magill '65BS 'bgMS 

Humanities ana Sciences 
RoLertA.Pratt'80BA 

Medicine 

Bruce E. Jarrell MD 76HS 

Nontraaitional Studies Program 

Joseph A. Runt '88BGS •9IMIS 

Nursing 

Regan L. Crump 78BS 

Pharmacy 
JolinO.Becl«ier78BS 

Social Work 

Catkerine E. Nask '85MSW 



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knger so that we face less of it. VCU's criminal justice department has 
^3 unde^^ymte majors as well as students from sociology and psychology, and 100 
fcdents flBRffiaster's program. Our alumni professionals serve in police and prison 
work eve|^^K in Virginia, and in local and federal agencies across the country. As 
departmsH^fcman Dr. Jim Hooker says ruefuly, "We're a growth industry." 

Their jM^^ptions often go unnoticed. After all, when no one escapes fr-om 
prisoner 

rememb^fi'SpSCdffi^ffl^sIows down, and doesn't hit a child; wheii a bank's 

security policies (adopted from FBI recommendations) prevent embezzlement; or 
when a new VCU student, after her security orientatioUj^^^i eye on her 
backpack — ^we rarely hear about it. Their best work idlipBHls. 

And, it's a career choice that lays a heavy hand on their lives. "To be effective, 
poUce officers have to be pretty good at walling off fears," says FBI Case Specialist Eric 



Witzig. "Knowing wha 
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Mitcheittloesn't like crowds-r 
manager Joan Kerr says, "I nd 

Every on^ of them has an e 
Shaw goes mountain biking, \ 
agent Carlos Narro heads for t 
They don't relax with mysteri< 
never found a murder entertai 
do to another and begs for sold 

These VCU professionals ^ 
raised by a violent society j 



■s rrie^ry cautious" Major James Fox of Henrico 
^ ;s into a bank in uniform, because a I 
inform during a robbery. Sheriff Michel. 
es&^e people to encircle you." Corrections , 
^ ^ack to a door. I can't do it!" , '" 

': goes to the river to look at the water. - 
iQtography. Mitchell grows orchids, FBI 
\err gazes at her pasture full of sheep. 
_ia. Witzig speaks for his colleagues: "I've 
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Carlos Narro 



FOLLOWING THE PAPER TRAIL 

"The criminals have the advantage — they commit the crime and we are just reacting," 
says FBI Special Agent Carlos Narro '86BS '89MBA/B. Narro investigates white 
collar crime — primarily bank fraud — for the FBI l/js Angeles Division. "LA is the 
financial institution crime capital of the country," he says. 'ITiat covers credit card, 
telemarketing, and real estate loan fraud; stolen and counttTfeit checks embezzk- 
ment; ATM crimes; and money laundering. 

Narro took his MBA into banking, but his climb up the ajrporate ladder was 
short. At a V(>U job fair, he met two Mil agents who "said I had a chance in the 
Bureau. It was the ultimate challenge — like s<jmebfjdy saying I could play for the 
Yankees." (In fact, he plays for an LA FBI team — "The Unwanted.") 

So Narro immediately went into training, running and working out with weights. 
Even after he entered the 1 6-week basic training program at Quantiai, Narro's family 
and friends didn't believe he would c-ver be an agent. "I was a small guy, and nobody 
could picture Carlos carrying a gun." Now, arrests are matter-of-fart for him — it's 
testifying at trials that gives him the jitters. 

When Narro moved to LA in June, 1991, his mother worried that the job would 
change him. "It does change you a little bit, but not for the worse — it makes you more 
mature and increases your self-confidence. Sometimes an informant's life is in your 
hands. It tests your judgment. I've always liked a new challenge. 

"Most white collar criminals leave a paper trail," he continues. Cases are put 
together through interviews, and by analraing documents and physical evidence. 
"Changes in technology cause changes in crime. Counterfeit checks look more like 
real checks; credit cards are easily copied. Computer trails very quickly go cold. We 
change to respond. Tm not embarrassed to interview a bank manager and say, I'm 
not sure how this procedure works.'" 

Narro has a good working relationship with the LAPD, which is involved in about 
20 percent of his cases. "Federal law enforcement cannot work effectively without the 
help of local law enforcement. They know the streets. Some movies like to make us 
look like Big Brother, but we would never walk up to a local police investigation and 
say 'step aside.'" 

Conscientious and organized, Narro struggles with the fact that he will alw"a%-s be 
behind in his work. "There is so much crime and so much case work" .\nother frus- 
tration is the light penalties for white collar crime. An embezzler who has stolen 
millions of dollars and wiped out the retirement of a number of elderly couples is sen- 
tenced to a couple of years — or less. 

"We are never going to totally win the war on crime, but we make enough of an 
impact to keep it in check. If the public knew how dedicated agents are, the\' would 
support law enforcement more." 



Internships 

VCU's network of crime-fighting alumni 
provides opportunities for internships in 
police and security forces near Richmond 

and in Virginia. Summer FBI Honors 

Internships in Quantico and DC. are also 

available for students with a high GPA. 

Call your local FBI divisional office for 

information. 



SPEAKING FOR THE DEAD 

"One uses AGE — Accumulation of Even.lhing,"' to in\"estigate a homicide, says Eric 
Witzig '95 MS/H&S, Major Case Specialist for the FBI at Quantico, X'irgjna. "Ever\- 
homicide is different. We cannot use a cookbook approach to their solutions. \Ve 
may be fortunate enough to have vsitnesses, crucial ph^ical e\idence, circumstances, 
which wiU shape and direct the course of the investigation." 

Contrary to what many of us believe, investigators don't look at motive. Not 
eveiy murder has a motive, says W'itzig. "Motive is what is sold to the juxy, it's not 
how homicides are solved. It does help to know behaviors, so we know who we're 
looking for." 

After 20 years in the DC Metropolitan Police Department — 10 in homicide — 
Witzig joined the FBI Academ\- at Quantico in 1990. \\'hen he heard that Dr. Tim 
Hooker, "well knowTi in law enforcement circles in \'irginia," would bring \'CL"s MS 
in Criminal Justice to Quantico, he enrolled. "I thought we were going to hang a 
couple of initials after the name and move on. " Witzig got more than he expected, 
especially in the management component. "I didn't have to wait until the end of the 
course to use the tools." 

Witzig uses his skills as a death and homicide investigator in MCap (Molent 
Criminal Apprehension Program). \'iCap's caseload is currently more than 13,000, 
nearh' 90 percent of it homicides. With a fe\v exceptions, the FBI has no iiuisdiction 



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in homicide, but local or state law enforcement often ask for FBI assistance or a joint 
investigation. 

Criminal Investigative Analysis (CIA) is a tool the FBI uses to help solve cases 
where the identity of the offender is unknown. "Based on a thorough analysis of the 
crime, we can describe offender traits. Whether it is a sexual assault or a murder, diere 
is a lot going on. And if the offender reveals enough through their behavior, then 
characteristics can be ascribed to die most probable offender. We have to work with 
what is given to us." 

A line from the movie Body Heat still resonates with Witzig: "When you commit a 
murder diere are fifty different ways to mess up. Anybody who diinks of seventeen is 
a genius." Witzig waits for genius in the car, using his driving time to think. 

Technology is making a difference. DNA, "die code of die individual, is a 
paradigm shift in physical evidence," says Witzig. The internet and television are 
replacing the Post Office wall for posting information to the public; at limited access 
internet sites, police can exchange information and professional news. Computer 
systems identify bullets and fingerprints— AFIS (Automated Fingerprint 
Identification System) — and link crimes in different cities. "If you Ve got a recovered 
print, you've got a closed case." 

Upcoming are scanners in patrol cars. When a citizen puts a thumb into the 
scanner, die scanned image will be transmitted to die police station and then into 
AFIS. A photo, name and information will appear on a screen in the squad car. 
Officers will know "whether they are dealing widi John Q. Public or Fred L. Felon, 
wanted for an outstanding warrant." 

Trend analyses predict a surge of violent crime at the millennium. "Scary stuff," 
Witzig comments. He has a dieory. He observes that running red lights is pandemic 
in DC. "It's as diough everyone's individual business is more important than society's 
as a whole. Maybe it represents a growing frustration with society." 

"Where do we not see people running lights?" he continues. "Where there are no 
red lights — areas widi lower population density." What is the connection (if any) wdth 
homicide? "I don't know. Some places in the U.S. do not know murder and others 
know too much. Are more homicides being committed out of frustration? So many 
questions need to be answered." 

One answer is very personal. "Who speaks for the dead?" Witzig asks grimly. "We 
do. The offenders must be brought to die bar of justice." 

"OFFICER FRIENDLY" 

Yes, Virginia, VCU Police are "real" police. VCU Officer Rebecca Shaw '80BA/H&S 

comments, "Nobody thinks we are actually out diere chasing people down the street 
and making arrests." But diey do. "A lot of people think 'there's low campus crime, 
therefore the police officers aren't doing that much.'" But they are. 

Faculty, staff, students and patients on the two campuses add up to aroimd 35,000 
people. All of them have stuff^from notebooks to computers to cars — that might be 
stolen, which increases the possibility of crime. Approximately 95 percent of campus 
crime involves theft, and 65-70 percent of diat is potentially preventable. 

"We provide protection to the city because we impact it in such a big way," Shaw 
explains. Virginia's Campus Police Act, which put police on campuses, was a response 
to student unrest during the Vietnam era. "City Police patrol the area, but they don't 
have jurisdiction in VCU buildings which are state properties. That's our patrol." 

The 63 sworn officers of die VCU Campus Police are academy- and field- trained 
and certified through die State Department of Criminal Justice Sei-vices. They also 
enjoy the joke diat Patrol Division Headquarters and the VCU Police Academy are at 
the former site of Grace Street rock clubs Newgate Prison and Scodand Yard. 

Officers in glass houses (photo) must be community police, and Shaw directs die 
program for die academic campus. The idea is simple: the people are the police. Shaw 
"educates people to be a source of their own safety." She teaches them to choose locks 
and lighting with security in mmd, how to be alert. "I want to be the kind of person 
die constable was in days past. He strolled around, talked to die child in the play- 
ground, shook die doors to the shops. It's important for people to know me." She'd 
like more people to use police observer programs and ride-along with an officer. 

Shaw doesn't talk much about danger, but when she became an officer, her 
modier gave her a bulletproof vest, saying, "You wear this.'" On a hot day in die early 
'80s she had left her vest at home. On patrol, she heard a scraping sound as a car left a 




Eric Wirzig 

Wanted by the FBI 

Three years ago, VCU took its MS in 
Criminal Justice to the national FBI 
Academy in Quantico, VA. FBI specialist 
agents who are division heads must have 
a master's degree. "Based on their 
needs," says department chairman Dr. 
Jim Hooker, "we offer some of our 
courses, enough to fill the master's 
requirements. We teach general criminal 
justice, an understanding of the whole 
system in the U.S.; some law classes; 
management; and a course on internation- 
al law enforcement systems." Students 
can do a thesis or take a comprehensive 
exam. 

There are eight recent graduates and 
"some pretty interesting theses, like Eric 
Witzig's on serial killers." The three-and-a- 
half-year program is open to anyone in 
Northen Virginia; a few of the 22 students 
are from local forces near DC. "No civil- 
ians, yet," Hooker laughs. 




Rebecca Shaw 



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Street Wise at VCU 

Here are a few of the tfiings VCU does to 

make our urban environment safer for 

students, staff and neigfibors 

Sodium Lighting lights up both campuses, 

augmented by highly reflective paint in the 

academic parking deck. A network of 

Emergency Call Boxes indoors and out 

provide an immediate link to VCU Police. 

City Police and VCU Police patrol the 
campus, as well as the Corps of Policing 
Specialists (COPS) — student volunteers 

trained and supervised by VCU Police, who 
also act as security escorts and conduct 

routine building checks, reporting any suspi- 
cious activity on their police radios. The 

thirteen-officer Bike Patrol certified through 
the International Police Mountain Bike 

Association handles cobblestones and alleys 

for effective support to car and foot patrols. 

Security Escorts, well-used by evening 

commuter students, are available on the 

academic campus Mon-Sat 5:30pm-2am and 

Sun 6pm-midnight. On the health sciences 

campus, escorts are available every day 

5pm-8am. 

Education for students and staff teaches 
them to be street-wise and alert in protecting 
themselves, through orientations and 
security assessments offered to depart- 
ments and dorms. In the Rape and 
Aggression Defense (RAD) course, 
VCU/MCV women learn situations to avoid, 
verbal assertiveness and defensive tactics. 

Operation Identification lends engraving 
tools from VCU Police to permanently mark 

valuables and supplies property inventory 

forms. Bicycle Registration is also available 

through VCU Police. 



parking space, 'thinking she'd heard a scratch and run — "I was being 'Officer 
Friendly"' —she pulled him over. He said he didn't have to talk tf) "just a security 
guard," grabbed his license back and drove off. Shaw pursued him through 
downtown and stopped him behind the Governor's Mansion. 

As she approached his car, he reached toward a bag under hLs feet Shaw decided 
not to pull her 9-millimeter Heretta. Instead, she reached into the car and yanked the 
man through the window. "My mind gave me the strength — not muscle." He was 
wanted for numerous area bank robberies. In fact, he was moving hLs car to rob the 
hank in the Nelson Clinic building when Shaw heard that sfjund (bad transmission, 
real police). A loaded 38- was in his bag. "I think I saved my life by not pulling my 
weapon — and saved his too." Ihe Richmond Police Department awarded Shaw the 
Excellent Police Duty Medal. (Several VCU Police have won awards, as well as the 
campus-community policing program itself.) 

Shaw finds other rewards more important. "It's gtxxl to have a person in a 
uniform with you when something terrible is happening who will say, 'It's only as bad 
as it is. Let's not think this is forever. We'll make sure things get better.' I want to be 
the person that adds the balance back when I can." 

Although she admits the "people pain" in police work can be tough, she affects 
that balance more often than she knows. A homeless man she had arrested many 
times called her a year ago from Pennsylvania. She hadn't seen him in eight years and 
feared he was dead. He told her, "You always cared about me and you always respect- 
ed me. I'm off the alcohol. I don't have very much but what I have is mine. I vi^anted 
you to know that." 

Shaw says, "I couldn't tell you anything that I value more about police work." 

POLICING FOR PEOPLE 

"Policing is a lot more than enforcing laws," says James Fox '73AA '74BS 
'79MS/H&S, major of uniform operations for Henrico police. 

Fox lists a daunting array of professional qualifications required of police oflScers: 
Someone who is not focused on "I," but on "we" and "us"; a person who is t^ust^vor- 
thy, self-directed, decisive, disciplined, organized, a good communicator, and CTeati\-e 
in developing strategies. Ideally, a recruit has a good educational background, critical 
thinking and problem-solving skills, stabilit)', maturit\- and flexibilit\'. 

During his 22 years with Henrico Police, Fox has seen dramatic changes in educa- 
tion and field training. "A good majority of our police officers have a minimum of 
four years of college — and not always in criminal justice. Man>- are working on their 
master's. We want people who can be leaders in the communit>-." 

For more than 10 years. Fox has been an adiunct facultx' member at \'CV. 
Education, he says, exposes prospective officers to a global perspective on issues, 
which is important because their job influences the qualit\- of life in the community. 
But, he adds, "1 don't feel like an education tells you how to do the job. In the 
academy, we give them the skills." 

For many officers, policing is their first job after college. "If they have come from a 
middle-class neighborhood and gone to a universit)- out in the countr.- somewhere, 
and their first assignment is in subsidized housing — it could be a total shock. You've 
got to understand that environment and the people to properly police it" Fox takes 
his students into the cit)-. But, as classes get bigger, "It's hard to take 40 people to one 
place to assess a problem and make a strategic plan." 

"Any good police department is under constant change." Ten years ago, "policing 
was very control-minded, there \vere supervisors for even." five people. Empowerment 
is hard for us — it's hard to give up control, especially when we are stiU semi-militaris- 
tic in many ways. And some degree of control is necessar\-, because there is no room 
for corruption in poUcing." 

The old model allowed little room for innovation. "We saw ourselves strictly as law 
enforcers. Today's officers are encouraged to get out of the box, take the risk. \"ou 
can't change procedures; but an officer might help a neighborhood de\-elop a voUey- 
ball program for kids." 

Often, when community police do identif\- neighborhood needs, these aren't 
police problems. "We need the planning people, the roads p^eople, the recreation 
people, social services, ment,il health, the health department." Fox expects govern- 
ment in the future to become more proactive and to focus less on setting regulations 
and more on problem-solving through teamwork. 



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Like Eric Witzig, Fox recognizes the tremendous impact of new technologies. But, 
he reminds us, "Computers are going to give you all the information in the world, but 
a computer is not going to solve people problems. Policing is dealing with people." 

"NO QUICK FIX" 

"Corrections implies that we correct something. Wliat do we correct?" asks Joan 
Kerr '80MS/H&S, regional manager for the Central Region Virginia DOC. "There is 
no quick fix for human behavior." 

"A lot of our population have been abused and abusers; battered and batterers — 
how do you stop that cycle? Obviously prison doesn't do it. Do we have enough 
money in the world to stop that cycle?" 

Academic and vocational programs are offered to state inmates. Breaking Barriers, 
developed by an ex-offender, teaches prisoners coping and communication skills, 
conflict resolution and problem solving. Life Skills Training is a basic course in such 
things as hygiene, sanitation and using a checkbook. Says Kerr, "You need access to a 
lot of opportunities to change your behavior — if that's what you choose to do. 
Ultimately, people have to correct themselves." 

Kerr supervises six Virginia State Prisons and conducts quarterly audits of each 
facility. She explains, with her trademark chuckle, how she fills in her calendar in 
pencil because she has to change it so often. Years ago a friend told her that with her 
resume she could earn $60,000 a year in business, but Kerr says she could never work 
in an environment where profit and loss were the key focus. 

Kerr supports work projects for inmates. The current rate of pay is 23-45 cents an 
hour (skilled work crews receive higher wages). Kerr tells folks, "Before you tell me we 
are coddling inmates, I want to take you on a tour." TVs and VCRs are purchased 
through commissary profits, not with tax dollars (except in new facilities). Typically, 
inmates sit on rows of backless benches in front of a TV mounted high on the wall of 
a three-story room where the sound bounces off the walls. 

"Under Virginia law," she says, "the removal of the inmate fi-om his community is 
his punishment; that alone is enough. The responsibility of corrections is first to 
public safety, then staff safety, and finally, inmate safety." 

Kerr calls corrections officers unsung heroes. "They work with the guy you hope 
never comes back to your community. Where would we be without them? They put 
their lives on the line daily, walking the tiers" — armed only with a blood spUl kit, 
handcuffs, a whistle, a phone and their interpersonal skills. (They carry firearms only- 
outside the perimeter). 

Despite the lack of privacy and fi'eedom, incarceration is a move up for many. 
Eighty percent of the prison population have a history of substance abuse. "In many 
instances it's first time they've had three squares, a bed and consistent health care in 
their Hfe." 

Whenever Kerr visits a facility she walks out in the yard, and into the dorm and cell 
areas. She has no fear of inmates. "We know what they're in here for. When you walk 
down the street, you don't know who's walking past you." 

Kerr is concerned about a change she sees in young newcomers to the prison pop- 
ulation — "a very fatalistic kind of individual. They don't respect themselves or 
anything else." She wonders whether the need for immediate gratification — in all of 
society — is part of the reason. 

"We never have enough. I'm afraid we are totally losing sight of what gives us con- 
tentment, peace and a sense of accomplishment as individuals. That's scary, because if 
you can't find happiness within yourself you have the potential to destroy anything 
that gets in your way. People seem to be envious of the haves, and most people seem 
to consider themselves have-nots at one level or another, so they don't feel sony for 
the real have-nots — they've lost sight with who that is." 

She recalls a vocational instructor at the state pen who told her in the early '70s 
about an exlraordinarily talented drafting student. When asked what he would do 
when he got out, the student said he would go back to moonshining. He told the 
instructor "I can make more in 30 days than you probably make in 10 years and I'm 
only going to do 18 months in prison." 

As a caseworker for the juvenile system she met children so badly damaged that 
there was nothing that could be done for them. She says sometimes you know 
without a doubt. "Can you imagine a fifteen-year-old not having the capacity to 
change because they've been through so much — isn't that horrendous? 




James Fox 




Joan Kerr 



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Michelle Mitchell 

"What do you get for your buck?" 

—Sheriff Mitchell 

Design capacity 
of the Richmond City Jail: 930 

1986 Population: 600-700 
220 deputies 

October, 1995: 1440 
435 deputies 

Population peak, Summer, 1994: 1505 

Projection for 2001: 2500 

Each prisoner bed: S35-$37,000 annually 

Cost to build a 
300 bed facility: $52-53 million 



"Virginia's children are her most valuable natural resource, and until wc focus on 
that we are going to have to continue to build prLsons," 

RAZOR WIRE AND FAMILIES 

'I hrcc generations ol one family were in the KithnK^nd (My Jail — ^at the same time — 
grandmother, daughter and grandson. "This is not atypical," says Richmond's Sheriff 
Michelle Mitchell '84BS/H&S. "Nobody wakes up and says 'Oh, gee — I really want to 
go to jail today.' lint things happen to you that make you make choices that cause you 

to end up in prison or jail." 

Elected in November 1993, Mitchell is one of only 20 women sheriffs in the L'.S. 
and the first in Virginia; there are 3,095 sheriffs in the U.S. Mitchell Is respoasible for 
the daily operation of the Richmond City Jail, one of the largest on the East (JctasX. She 
also oversees security requirements for thirteen courts in the City of Richmond. 

Local jails cannot refuse to take prisoners, even when they are beyond design 
capacity. In Richmond, space and staff for counseling and programs is extremely 
limited. Mitchell has begun a program that brings citizens into the jail to see that 
people are sleeping next to toilets and standing in line to use the bathroom. Inmates 
have eight and a half minutes to get through a cafeteria line, get their food, eat it and 
put the tray back. 

When she graduated from VCU, a psychology major with honors, Mitchell 
couldn't find a job. After a stint with the DOC, she was hired as a rehab counselor at 
the City Jail. "I didn't even know where it was." Her caseload was 180 felons. "NNliat in 
the world have I gotten myself into?" was her first thought after walking through the 
doors. After five interviews with felons, "I finally realized that these are not esil 
people — these are real people with serious needs that are not being addressed." 

When Mitchell began working in home incarceration, she went into homes \vhere 
there were missing windowpanes, no locks on doors, no electricity, phone or running 
water. "You ride by it — but I had never stepped into that. I didn't think that existed to 
the large extent that it does. It would have to make you feel hopeless to see that no one 
in your family — other than the person who sold drugs — had escaped that en\'iron- 
ment. 

"Families provide a service in this communit)' — setting goals and ha\'ing expecta- 
tions for the members. WTien you don't have that, you have this chaos that we're 
seeing now." 

Schools must serve as surrogates. "The school year is too short Two and a half 
months doing nothing is a real problem for inner-cit\' kids. "They start taking the 
baggies (of drugs) across the street at ages 10 or 11. This is the way the kids are pulled 
in. They don't really see anything wrong with it — it's just a way to make mone\-. 
We're going to have to intervene earlier to meet children's needs and break the cyde 
of hopelessness." 

When offenders are released, most go back to a bad emironment or straight to the 
streets. Many are not on probation or parole. Only 10 percent are court-ordered to 
halfway houses. There's no organization to help them net\vork their way back into 
society. 

Ex-offenders have few options. The highest grade completed by the average male 
offender is 7th — for women, 1 1th. Plus, they have a criminal histor.'. .A minimum 
wage job won't pull them out of povert)', and many lo\v-skill jobs have vanished 
because of technology. "We hold up the small number of people \vho make it and say 
everyone can do it. That's just not true." 

Spending money to build jails without investing in prevention and rehabilitation 
means societ\' will lose in the end, says Mitchell. Still, she remains optimistic "I 
believe in people. Eventual!}-, I truly believe people \\ill listen." 



GLORIA THOMAS IS A RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FO- "-i 
URBAN DEVELOPMENT AT VCU'S CENTER FOR P U S ^ .C 
TEACHES AND LECTURES ON VIOLENCE ISSUES, 



^ CENTER FOR 
SHE WRITES. 



PHOTOGRAPHY (EXCEPT WHERE NOTED) B"t DAVID STOVER '77BFA/A 86MFA/A. 



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Body of Evidence 



ystery tans around the world know Patricia CornweU's crime-solving medical 
examiner, Dr. Kay Scarpetta. But not many know that the fictional character is based 
on an actual person — Dr. Marcella Fierro '75HS/M, Virginia's Chief Medical 
Examiner. Fierro also chairs the Department of Legal Medicine; she has spent all but 
18 months of hpr 23-year career on the MCV faculty. 

FierrodeScribes her grim duties calmly. "My job is, first of all, to examine persons 
-Avho'die an unexpected or violent death, and secondly to administer Virginia's 
statewide medical examiners system." Autopsies, she explains, cover four areas: 
"determining the cause of death, establishing the manner or circumstances of death — 

accident, homicide or suicide — working with law 
enforcement in a legal and medical investigation, and 
collecting medical evidence so if a court proceeding is to 
come, there will be good information." You don't want 
two lawyers arguing time of death," she says. "You hope 
to present the medical facts clearly, so they are consid- 
ered as matters of science rather than matters of 
oratory." 

Fierro's job strikes many of us as gruesome and 
repellent. She points out that "If you're in the practice 
of medicine at all, you see grisly sights, whether you're 
in the emergency room or surgery or do trauma work. 
A person who's had injuries needs someone to take 
compassionate care of them, not someone caught up in 
their pain and suffering or put off by their injuries." 

Along with the necessary detachment, Fierro still feels an urgent engagement with 
the person — in a way, still her patient. "When violent deaths come in they really speak 
to you," she observes, "as loudly as any voice. Their injuries are like a hundred voices 
saying 'See me, see me, see this injury, see this.' They say, 'This is what happened to 
me; now I need you to document this, to photograph it, and to ex-plain to people how 
it occurred and what it means.' So I feel like I'm speaking for them, but in truth 
they've really spoken to me." 

Marcella Fierro takes comparisons to Kay Scarpetta good-naturedly. "It's not really 
me who's immortalized; the character is very charming and intriguing, and she does 
basically what I and other forensic pathologists do — but Scarpetta is CornweU's 
creation." Fierro understands Scarpetta's appeal. "She tries hard, she has obstacles to 
overcome, she has to deal with her own personal issues." 

As for physical resemblance, Fierro laughs. "You know, Scarpetta is described as 
blonde, blue-eyed and weighing 105 pounds. I'm not blonde, I don't have blue eyes, 
and I haven't weighed 105 pounds since 1 was 10 years old." 




JANE 



WILLIAMS 



BALLARD 



'89BA/H&S 



Most Wanted Producer 

As a production locale for a television series, Wilmington, North Carolina rarely 
comes to mind. Yet for VCU graduate Chris Watkins '64BFA/A, it was the right 
place. 

And the right time. Watkins lucked into real-crime TV when another project fell 
through. "We didn't get the budget for it. And a friend of mine said, 'Well, since this 



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isn't happening, can you he the courdinator on a two-part qjLsodc for UriMjIvcd 

iVlysteries?'" Both Unsolved Mysteries (FoxJ and America's Most Wanted f NBCj are 
llhTi projects, not videotape " — and I was already connected in the 
local film community." Chris began a fruitful four-year professional 
association with both programs. For theater people, "America's most 
wanted" is often a shot at directing. "I was finally able to break through 
the ranks and become a director for America's Most Wanted. Of 
course, I greatly appreciated that." 

Cutting to the chase, she talks about a segment on criminal Bobby 
Hinson. "I le had fled the country, and immediately after the show we 
had a response from Canada — so his follow-up and capture took place 
within 36 hours! I really felt that we accomplished something," 

Working with grieving family members took its toll. "We dealt with 
tragedies, with things that were perfectly horrific, and that got to be 
very tough. The shows aren't difficult from the physical standpcjint of 
putting a production together, but you wind up getting phone calls 
from family members months and months after: 'Have you found 

anything?'" She left both shows in 1993, although she occasionally produces foUow- 

up or captures episodes in the area. 

For now, Chris has gone back to talk radio. Her audience-driven, issue-oriented 

show "is a lot of fun; I never know when I go in every morning what's going to ' 

happen." 



Book 'em 




Dr. Kay Scarpetta depends on Lieutenant Pete Marino as a fnend and col- 
league. Scarpetta's creator, best-selling author Patricia Cornwell, gets backup 
from former Richmond police officer Cristine Bailor '91MPAyH&S. The tvvo 
gutsy women have a few things in common. 

Speaking in November on "Peacemaking in a World of Violence," 
Cornwell described her fiction, based on real crimes, as "victim-driven." Bailor 
spent 18 years in the Richmond Police Department, one of the first women on 
the force. "I absolutely loved it." But it was time for a change. 

In 1994 Bailor left the department to become vice president for Cornwell 
Enterprises, which handles the author's publishing, and Bell Vision 
Productions, a film and graphics design firm responsible for getting Comwell's 
work onto the big screen. "I travel extensively. It's fun, and I'm able to use my 
police contacts in setting up research." That VCU master's comes in handy, 
too. "There's not a tremendous difterence betiveen public admin- 
istration and business administration," she says. 

On the street, in print and on film. Bailor and Cornwell fight the 
violence. As Cornwell said in her speech, "If \'iolence is real, let's accept 
the reality of it, and let's be horrified by it. For me, the blood is real. The 
bodies are real." 



The Cornwell Connection 

Yet another VCU-Patricia Cornwell connection is a generous donation 
the crime writer has made to the MFA Creati\'e \\'riting Endowment. 
Other contributions, some from program alumni, \\ill activate the fund 
by Fall 1996 to support \isiting vsTiters and speakers, some student acti\i- 
ties, and the program newsletter. The While's Belly (Editor Herman 
Mehille, Editoriiil Assistants: Jonah Queequeg and Demi Moore). 




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The Check Stays in the Mail 

Ever wondered who backs up those "prohibited mailing" signs at the post office? In 91 
Virginia counties and Bristol, Tennessee, that stem duty fails to the staff of Delmar 
Wright '77BS '87MS/H&S, Inspector in Charge of the Richmond Division of the U.S. 
Postal Inspection Service. "We investigate external crimes, such as post office 
burglaries, robberies, assaults, homicides, as well as internal crimes such as 
theft by postal or contract employees." 

Customers frequently attempt to mail bombs, switchblades, firearms, 
drugs and poisons, providing the PIS with yet more work. Not to be over- 
looked is mail fraud, an offense with a long, ignoble lineage. Wright says it's 
"the oldest white collar criminal statute on the books," enacted during the 
eighteenth century by the Continental Congress. 

On the job since 1977, Wright has opened some interesting mail. "We 
worked the insider trading case in New York with Ivan Boesky," he notes, 
"and we also investigated the Virginia Retirement System and closed that 
recendy." His department also pursued the largest white-collar fraud prose- 
cution in Virginia history against the Richmond-based Swank Corporation. 

And then there was the case of the Newark mail thieves, impatient to the point of 
incompetence. "They would actually foUow mail carriers so closely that they'd bump 
into them coming back down the steps from the residence," he chuckles. 

Whatever the offense, Virginians can be sure that neither snow nor sleet nor dark 
of night will prevent Delmar Wright and his postal investigators from protecting 
their maU. 





Geography of Crime 

In an era where law enforcement officials are overwhelmed by staggeringly high rates 
of violent crime, the chairman of VCU's Urban Studies and Planning Department is 
coming at the problem from a different perspective. Dr. Mort Gulak has a grant to 
study crime prevention through environmental design, or CPTED. 

"This is an extension of research I've been doing for four years. I've been looking at 
murder sites trying to see if there are some common elements of the physical design 
environment." Gulak has already noted some alarming constants. "Lighting is a real 
problem — it's done for autos, not pedestrians," he says. Trees are often overgrown in 
urban areas, excluding even more light. "And there aren't clear indicators — like 

bushes, fence posts, or signs — marking off private property, 
which allows people to feel it's okay to do anything anywhere." 
Neighborhood design and maintenance can help. "Are the 
designs of the homes consistent?" Dr. Gulak asks. "Do they fit 
together to form a unit? What are the colors, plantings, land- 
scaping? Are the houses visible to the street? How are the streets 
laid out?" All these factors, he notes, can send a message that 
"you're being watched, don't commit a crime here." 

Gulak is looking "beyond the individual sites and to where 
the offender lives, where the victim lived, and the crime site. 
I'm looking at distance between them to see what conclusions 
come out of that. Ultimately I hope to find some consistency in 
the kinds of environments where these things happen." 
The next step, of course, "would be to come up with some guidelines to reduce the 
number of homicides in an area." Gulak says, "Richmond and Henrico have already 
made recommendations to improve physical environments to prevent crime. The 
VCU Police have helped designers with safer buildings and lighting." Sarasota, 
Florida, Tucson, and several Canadian provinces have adopted CPTED laws. 
Now that's academia in action. 



JANE BALLARD IS 



A PRISON 



LIBRARIAN AT 



GREENSVILLE 



CORRECTIONAL 



CENTER IN 



VIRGINIA. 



ILLUSTRATIONS 



BY CHAD 



CAMERON 



'94BFA/ A 



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English 

Miles W. Woods was so much more than an F.ngiish profcss^jr. His enthusiasm for all 
life was contagious, and he taught me alxjut the layers of life. Never would 1 amsider 
things black and white again. 

— Patricia Graziani Beagle '57BFA/A 

The Rl^I faculty member who most helped equip me for living a gocxl life was in the 
English Department, one of Jess McCoy's shining lights. Mr. Miles Walker Woods 
used the poetry and prose of English literature to challenge, instruct and illuminate 
our lives. I took ever)' course he offered, did not care a h(X)t what grades I earned, 
worked harder than I thought possible, remained in a kind of creative ecstasy 
throughout the term, and always wished the class periods were not so short He was 
in a class ot one. 

—Robertson Langley Wood '49BS/H&S 



Rehabilitation Counseling 

The one person at VCU who changed my life was Dr. Marcia Lawton, head of the 
Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Counseling Program (ADERPl. When I met her in 
1973, 1 was fascinated by the addiction concept and how it seemed to affect so many 
lives, including my o%vn. The education and awareness that Dr. Lawton imparts has 
been invaluable to me in my chosen field of addictive diseases. 

Over the years, Dr. Lawton has been a teacher, a mentor and a friend to me. I am 
truly grateful to VCU for ha\'ing the openness and insight that enabled our meeting. 

— AUcia Navon LPC, CSAC, CAC '77MS/AH 

Dr. Marcia Lawton gets to stand in this spotlight. I never imagined before how my 
lifetime love of performing would link in such a profound way with substance abuse 
counseling. Dr. Lawton felt it was essential for us to know about our own quality of 
life to see what we ourselves may have been missing, before we looked at helping 
other people. 

I had played guitar for 30 years. My Wellness Plan for her class got me my first 
paid gigs. 

More than anyone else at VCU, not only did she help me reach my professional 
goals, she helped me find a piece missing from my spiritual, creative life. I promise 
that if I play anywhere in the Richmond area, Dr. Lawton will get front-row seats, 
free! 

— Joseph Hamburger '94MS/ AH 

Who was most important Marcia iMwton was VCU'sDistingtiished Teacher for 19S9. She HiU be retiring mjtme 1996. 
to you at RPI and VCU? 

Tell us at VCU Alumni Activities. P.O. Box 
843044. Richmond. VA 23284-3044; 

email: mercer@cabell.vcu.edu: 

fax: (804) 828-0878. 



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BY MARY ELLEN MERCER 




"For me, it was the chance of a lifetime." Dr. Robert Rosenbaum '93MD/M was 

Senior Medical Officer on the USS Kearsarge, the ship that picked up Lt. Scott 
O'Grady five days after he was shot down in Bosnia. 

O'Grady came aboard on July 7 "looking pretty bad after five days of hunger and 
exposure. Bums, bruises, but no serious injuries. He had pneumonia and a good case 
of trench foot — if you spend a long time with water in your boots, the bottom of your 
foot begins to rot." 

After the flight surgeon's debriefing, immediate medical care, "and all the hype," 
Rosenbaum had a chance to talk v«th O'Grady for an hour. "I've been interested for a 
long time in the survivor personality. It was a real peak to be able to interview him, 
especially within hours of the experience." Rosenbaum asked what got him through. 
"I wasn't ready to die yet," O'Grady said. "I love life too much. I needed to see my 
family again; I hadn't said good-by to them. And I think God decided it wasn't my 
time yet." These are common themes among survivors, Rosenbaum says. 

O'Grady talked about hiding in a bush and hearing people walk past him. 
Sometimes he wept. By the third day, he caught himself laughing and making jokes — 
"I'm just out here camping," he'd tell himself "He thought he was really losing it 
then," says Rosenbaum. "But that's a normal coping mechanism; it's healthy." 

Rosenbaum adds, "Of course, it's more than the mindset. He had trained in the 
military's SERE (Search, Evasion, Rescue and Escape) program in Maine, a grueling 
course. He knew how to do this." 

Rosenbaum is convinced that "We can all learn something fi-om people who've 
been through this. If more survivor experience were available, there would be more 
survivors." 



Rosenbaum gives 
^ccretar)' of the Navy, 
lohn Dalton, a tour of 
the USS Kearsarge 
(below left). The 
assault ship's nine 
medical officers can 
handle as many as 600 
patients. "When we 
laimch the Marines, we 
expand from the 54- 
bed primar)' ward to 
that entire deck for 600 
beds," Rosenbaum 
explains. There are six 
operating rooms, an 
lS-bedICU,ablood 
bank with two 
^^^ thousand units of 
frozen blood, a full 
(plain film) radiology 
department (two 



mobile and two 
installed units). "We 
have the capabilities of 
MCV Hospitals on a 
smaller scale, " 
Rosenbaum says. 

PHOTOGRAPHS 
COURTESY OF 
DR. ROSENBAUM 



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*Member oftlic VCU Alumni 
Association 

1 940s 

*J.IrvinBeatley'47C/A 
and William D. Gravitt 
'60BFA/A, founders of 
Beadey Gravitt Communica- 
tions, a design firm in 
Newport News, celebrated 
the firm's 25th anniversary. 

David Jeffreys '48BS 
'50MS/SW retired in 1987 
after serving as the first exec- 
utive director of the 
American Association of 
State Social Work Boards. 
He volunteered as president 
of the South Carolina Board 
of Social Work Examiners 
from 1987-93. 

1 950s 

*Charles Boardman 
'58BS/B is president of the 
Alzheimer's Association 
Board of Directors, Tampa 
Bay Chapter. Charles is also 
an adjunct instructor at St. 
Petersburg Junior College. 

1 960s 

Belinda Blanchard '69 AS 
'82BS '90MBA/B is manager 
of the local government 
investment pool for the 
Virginia Treasurer's Office. 
Belinda vied for a Republi- 
can nomination for treasurer 
in Hanover County earlier 
this year. 

Douglas Burford 
'65BS/MC and his wife 
Nancy were featured in the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch 



for the 27-year success of 
their ad agency, Burford 
Company Advertising. 

AbramClymer'67BS/B 
was recently named to the 
Hesston College Board of 
Overseers in Hesston, KS. 
Abram is owner and CEO of 
Chesa, Ltd., which operates 
six Christian bookstores in 
Virginia. 

James Cooley'68BS/B 
retired from Exxon Co. USA 
after serving 27 years. James 
was territory manager in the 
Mid-Adantic area for mar- 
keting. 

Suzaime Day '62BFA/A 
received a master of theolog- 
ical studies degree from 
Duke University in May. 

*Linda Foley '65BS/B is 
director for direct marketing 
programs at Habitat for 
Humanity International in 
Americus, GA. 

*Avery Goodwin '69BS/E 
is assistant principal at 
Buckingham Middle School, 
Buckingham, VA. Avery is 
also the school's head coach 
for track and golf 

*Anne Newkirk '66BS/B 
is a realtor with Bowers 
Nelms & FonviUe in 
Richmond. 

Randy Powell '68BS/MC 
is owner of Blue Sky 
Entertainment, a special 
events marketing and pro- 
motion firm. 

■^Delice Richards 
'68BFA/A is a computer 
systems analyst for Anne 
Arundel Counr\', MD ^vhere 
she is currently designing an 



integrated, interactive infor- 
mation system for the 

county's Office on Aging. 

Sarah Riley '69BFA/A 
chairs the department of art 
at Southeast Misvjuri State 
University in C^apc 
Girardeau. Sarah was 
accepted by the Vermont 
Studio Center to an artist's 
residency in August. 

*Robert Vogler 
'69BS/H&S was recently 
appointed director of pupil 
personnel services for Henry 
County Public Schools. 

Thomas Wilkinson 
'63BS/H8cS received a 1995 
Award of Merit from the 
American Society for Testing 
and Materials committee on 
adhesives in June. TTiomas is 
section supervisor of the 
applied engineering and 
experimental mechanics 
section at Reynolds Metals 
Company. 

*Donna Wine '69BFA/A 
started a home business spe- 
cializing in personalized 
children's books called For 
You & Yours. Donna is an 
elementar)' science teacher 
with Faquier County 
Schools. 

1970s 

Mary Brockenbrough 
'74BA/H&S was featured in 

the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch for her love of 
cycling. Mary travels 14 miles 
to and from Luther 
Memorial School, \s-here she 
teaches nursery school. 

Roland Burgess '76BS/B, 
a lieutenant colonel in the 
U.S. Marine Corps, received 
a change of command 
assignment in April to 
Marine All Weather Fighter 
Attack Squadron-332. 

Robert Burrell'71BS/B 
received an associate in 
premium auditing from the 
InsuTimce Institute of 



America. RtAxnt is a com- 
mercial lines underwriting 
supcrvi.v;r with Harleysvijle 
Mutual Insurance ''yjmpany. 

Peggy C:antrell'76BS/ 
H&S was apfxjinted interim 
dean of the Sch<xjl of 
Graduate Studies at East 
Tennessee State University 
on July 1 . Peggy has btx-n a 
fijll-time faculty member of 
ETSU since 1984 and Is cur- 
rently an assfKiate professor 
of psychology. 

Joseph Cortina 
'76BFA/A is co-creator and 
director oiBluestar, the nevk- 
computer animated science 
fiction adventure on CD- 
ROM, starring LeVar Burton 
and due out in Januar\'. 
Joseph is an Emmy award- 
winning television and 
computer animation director 

S.I.A.R,1. H[R[ 

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relocating to a r e :: 

would like to spear .-. :' 
someone who lives Itiere about 
things like schools, housing, 
local customs, mass f; _ 
tion. taxes, the club s:- -: 

us at the Office of Alumni 
Activities. 

Alumni from throuc : ^ 
United States have sig-ez _; ■; 
provide reic^e: : ' - 

through S.T.A.R.T 5 

Talking with Alumni for 
Relocation Tips). The c : : - 
not limited to student; 
alumni may participate. 

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in McLean, VA where he 
lives with his wife Dabney 
Cortina 75BS/MC and their 
son Joey. 

Michael Darr '75BS/MC 
is a key operator for Foster 
Higgins, a benefits corpora- 
tion in Princeton, NJ. 

Vicki Schemer Denison 
'72BFA/A was featured in 
the March 1995 issue of 
Interiors & Sources magazine 
for her work designing the 
grand foyer of the Marin 
County Showcase House in 
San Rafael, CA. Vicki is the 
principal designer for 
Interior Concerns in Mill 
VaUey, CA. 

Vernon Drinkwater 
'75BS/E is attending Old 
Dominion University for a 
certification program. 
Vernon is a part-time 
salesman for Ray 
Christensen Realty in 
Virginia Beach. 

*Charlotte Fischer 
'71BS/B is chairman of the 
board, president and CEO at 
Paul Harris Stores, Inc. in 
Indianapolis. 

Patricia Green 
74MSW/SW,headofthe 
public relations office at La 
Roche College, was recently 
awarded most improved 

SHARED HISIORY 

Nearly 100 alumni from 
Chesterfield County, 
Petersburg, Colonial Heights 
and Chester met at historic 
Wrexham Hall in September. 
They caught up on their own 
recent histories and met VCU 
President Eugene Irani and his 
wife Lois while the Bob 
Hallahan Trio jazzed up the 
party. School of Medicine Dean 
Hermes Kontos and his wife 
Nancy hosted with VCU Alumni 
Association President Ken 
Magill '65BS/B '69MS/E and 
his wife Cheri '75BS/Ed 



magazine in the external 
publications category of the 
1995 National Clarion 
Awards Competition for 77;e 
La Roche College Magazine 
in August. The 2-year-old 
magazine was chosen from 
400 submissions. Patricia is 
currentiy assistant to the 
president for community 
relations. 

Herman Grigsby 
'78BFA/A was named 
managing director of the 
Barksdale Theatre in June. 
Herman previously worked 
for Nucleus Entertainment 
in Los Angeles. 

* Lindsay Harrington 
'73BS/B is city councilman 
for the City of Punta Gorda, 
PL where he also serves as 
president of Charlotte Co. 
4H Foundation, and 
member of the Economic 
Development Council. 
Lindsay is a broker salesman 
with Harold T. Goff Realtor. 

Suzanne Johnson '79BS 
'83MS/H&S, an animal 
behaviorist, was featured in 
the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch during National Pet 
Week in May. Suzanne 
writes and lectures extensive- 
ly at conferences and veteri- 
nary hospitals on animal 
behavior studies and is cur- 
rendy writing A Common 
Sense Approach to Dog Care, 
which she hopes to publish 
next year. 

Don Jordan '74MS/B was 
promoted to loan produc- 



tion manager in April at 
Beach Fed Mortgage 
Corporation in Virginia 
Beach. 

Linda Kattwinkel 
'75BFA/A known to many of 
her classmates as "Frieda," 
works for the intellectual 
property firm of Owen, 
Wickersham & Erickson, 
P.C. in San Francisco, CA 
practicing trademark and 
copyright law. Linda received 
her law degree fi-om Hastings 
College of Law in San 
Francisco, where she lives 
wdth husband, jazz musician 
Gary Ceralde, and their son 
MUes. She continues to do 
graphic and fine art and 
showcases her work in 
museum and gallery 
exhibitions. 

^Robert Jacob '74BS/MC 
and his family are descen- 
dants of John Jacob of the 
"Jacob House," an 187-year- 
old house on the academic 
campus whose builder, 
Quaker George Winston, 
employed free blacks in his 
construction business. The 
house was moved across 
Cary Street to make room 
for the new School of 
Engineering. Robert is senior 
field service engineer for 
Beckman Instruments, Inc. 
in Schaumburg, IL. 

Ronald Lee '76BS/H8cS 
completed an MS in 
Gerontology at VCU in 
1994. Ronald continues to 
work as a self-taught visual 



artist, exhibiting work with 
African influence. He plans 
to become self-employed 
focusing on aging, artistic 
expression, and health. 
Ronald is currentiy an intera- 
gency coordinator for the 
Richmond Community 
Services Board. 

Ralph MacPhail 
'72MFA/A was presented the 
Martha B. Thornton Faculty 
Recognition Award from 
Bridgewater College during 
the college's Founders Day 
banquet in March. Ralph is 
associate professor of theater, 
speech and English and 
director of drama at 
Bridgewater. 

Catherine Maffett 
'70BFA/A recently show- 
cased her work at George 
Mason University's Metro 
Gallery Irom August 5- 
September 30. While this was 
her most recent exhibit, 
Catherine has shown her 
work throughout the region 
and has several works in 
private collections. 

*Scott Newsham 
'79BS/H&S tells us he has 
fond memories of his days at 
VCU! Scott is a commander 
in the U.S. Coast Guard in 
Washington, DC. He and his 
wife, Christine, live in 
Alexandria wdth their two 
children. 

Ann Peters '72BS/E was 
recentiy inducted into Delta 
Kappa Gamma Society Int., 
a honor society for women 
educators. 




(I-r)Developinent Director for 
Allied Health. Steve Harvey '70BS 
'75MEd/E. Claudia Wall Johnson 
'89/E and William Reese 
'85/C&PA '94/E. 



(l-r)MiUon Kusterer '67/E, School 
of Education Dean John Oehlcr and 
Frances Kusterer '68/H&S '89/E. 



Brenda Nichols '89/N (left) and 
Katherine Lipscomb '75/E. 



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David Baldacci '83 BA/H&S 

^^^_^^^^^^^ ^^^ : / COIKilE CASS 

■ 1 ,^^^L_Z' "* ~fl^^^^^^^^H ^^V J '''Y (J3y> Uavid Baldacci seemed like any other young corporate 
^^HP ^^^^^BI^^'i^F^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ lawyer. At night, after his towheadcd daughter was tucked into 

I icd, he would sit up late with a yellow legal p>ad, writing a novel 

I Ic tinkered with the dialogue on the subway ride to work. As he 
Liid a patio in his back yard, brick by brick, he built the plot in his 
head. Over dinner, he and his wife fine-tuned the characttTS. The 
hi >ok took two years. "No one at my firm even knew I was writing 
It," Baldacci said. "It was like leading a secret double life." 

Lots of people vmte novels. They ship them off to New York 
literary agents who get thousands of submissions they don't have 
time to read. Only a fraction of a percent of those manuscripts ever 
get published. Baldacci is different How did this affable lawyer 
with a boyish face and reddish hair, son of a trucking company 
foreman, do it? 
Unlike two other lawyers turned best-selling authors, John 
Grishani and Scott 1 urow, lialdacci decided early that lawyering would support his life as a writer. He has wanted to write since he 
was a boy in Richmond haunting the local library. As a political science major at VCU, he opted for every writing-intensh'e course 
he could find, and graduated magna cum laude in 1983. After University of Virginia law school, he earned a comfortable living at a 
Washington firm three blocks fi-om the White House. 

All the while, he studied the characters and pacing of his favorite authors, including Mark Twain, John Irving, John Updike and 
Robert Ludlum. He wTote and re-wrote, scrapping thousands of pages. He turned out numerous short stories and four screenplays, 
shipped them to magazines and movie studios, and received a stream of rejections in return. 

Then he began his novel. He started with a good yam, weaving together a U.S. president, his mistress, a fatal shooting by the 
Secret Service and a scandalous cover-up. One of the main characters is a lawyer with a big Washington firm. 

A friend in the movie industry helped Baldacci promote his book to New York agents. Fi\'e agents wanted to handle Absolute 
Power. Baldacci chose Aaron Priest, who sent the book to major publishers November 7. The next morning, Warner Brothers 
offered $500,000 for it. Other publishers were interested, too. So Warner offered SI million. Then S2 million. "It would be stupid 
not to take it," Priest said. 

Baldacci took it. Then Casde Rock bought the movie rights for SI million; foreign publishing rights meant another 51 million. 
"Financial independence is a great thing," the author says with a grin. After finishing his clients' cases at Knight & Holland, he left 
the firm last May. Now he is David Baldacci, writer. 

The book is due out in Januar)'. Meanwhile, Baldacci has a new screenplay and a second no\el under way. ( Oscar-winner Bill 
Goldman is writing the screenplay for Abiolutc Power. "Could I objectively reduce 500 pages to 150? Jettison characters?") 

The couple's plans for new wealth are modest — buy a video camera, get a new computer, pa\- off their bills, find good invest- 
ments. He's setting up coUege funds for their daughter, Spencer, and two nephews. .\nd he and Michelle are looking forward to the 
birth of their second chUd. 

None of this happened overnight, he stresses. "You wear two hats — first as a writer and then as a marketer, to sell your work. It 
took me 1 1 years, every day trying to get better at the craft. And thousands of pages that now make me blush when I read them, 
writing from 10 pm until 3 am," he says. "Too many good wTiters stop at the first rejections." 

Baldacci isn't one to get heady with a taste of champagne-and-caviar. His values are definitely meat-and-potatoes. "First of all, 
write to please yourself," he advocates. "Enjo)' as much of it as you can, because the research, rewriting, salesmanship, are all part 
of it. 

"The rest is gra\y on top of the mountain." 

The Amazing Baldaccis of VCU. Da\ad is one of three alimini. Older brother, Rudy '76BFA/A majored in communication arts and 

design, and older sister Sharon '79BS/MC in news editing. A freelance writer, Sharon recendy received an aw^ard from the NTrginia 
Press Women for a feature article in Richmond's St)'le Weekly. — Ed. 

WITH PERMISSION, VCU EDITOR MARILYN SCOTT UPDATED — AND VCUED — THIS REVISION OF AN ASSOCIATED PRESS 
FEATURE THAT APPEARED DECEMBER. 1994. 

PHOTO BY AP/WIDE WORLD PHOTOS. 







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SUMMER 



Randy Porter '79MEd/E 

recently published A Cyclists' 
Guide to the Shenandoah 
Valley^ which was featured in 
the December 1994 issue of 
Bicycle Guide and the July 
1995 issue of Southern Limig. 
His next book, A Mountain 
Biker's Guide to Western 
Virginia wiU be published by 
Menasha Ridge Press. Randy 
is writer, publisher and 
owner of Shenandoah 
Odysseys in Staunton. 

Jan Rasmussen 
'79BFA/A along with class- 
mates Anne Kubik 
'81BFA/A, and Margaret 
Hatch '88BFA/A work for 
MatteU, Inc in El Segundo, 
CA. Jan handles digital pro- 
duction in the package 
design group; Anne and 
Margaret are sculptors in the 
3D design department. 

Zenobia Scott '79MS/E 
and her husband, Samuel, 
were featured in the 
Rich inond Times-Dispatch 
for obtaining their seminary 
degrees from the School of 
Theology at Virginia Union 
University. Zenobia had 
taught elementary school 
until her retirement in 1988, 
and said her years of teaching 
inspired her to become 
minister of youth at 
Quioccasin Baptist in 
Richmond. 

Randal Sheets '72BS/MC 
is general manager of direct 
distribution at Eisenhart 

PLAY II AGAIN, SEAN 

West End Richmond alumni 
gathered in October at an 
encore Neighborhood Alumni 
Reception at the Dominion 
Club — the setting for VCU's 
very first neighborhood recep- 
tion in 1993. Universal 
Tobacco's Allen King and his 
wife Wanda hosted 325 happy 
guests who enjoyed live jazz by 
student guitarist Sean Moran. 



Wallcoverings. Randal 
lives in Louisville, KY with 
his wife Susan and two 
daughters. 

Joan Sigmon '71BFA/A 
married David Nelms, an 
engineer with the U.S. Patent 
Office. The couple live in 
Manassas with their son, 
Damian. 

StanSuIc'74BS/is 
general manager of Sears 
Roebuck & Co. in Gary, NC. 
He and his wife, Becky, live 
in Apex with their children, 
Jared and Leslie. 

Maureen Sugarman 
'74BFA/A is an interior 
design and facilities consul- 
tant with The KMJ Group in 
Baltimore, specializing in 
financial, insurance and 
healthcare institutions. She 
relocated to the mid- Atlantic 
area from Boston and San 
Francisco with her 3-year- 
old son, Stephen. 

Gladys Tatarsky 
'72MS/SW recently retired 
from MCV Hospitals as a 
clinical social worker. 

August WaUmeyer 
'77BS/MC was featured in 
the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch for his successful 
lobbying efforts. August is 
owner of August WaUmeyer 
Communications and execu- 
tive director of the Virginia 
Association of Non-Utility 
Power Producers. 

*William Warren 
'78BS/MC is manager of 
media relations at Walt 
Disney World in Lake Buena 
Vista, PL. 



Alfred Whitelow 
'71MS/B accepted an 
Outstanding Service Award 
in honor of his parents, the 
late Faith H. and Muriel 
Whitelow from Bridgewater 
College. The Whitelows have 
worked for the food service 
department at the college 
since 1937. Bridgewater's 
president, Phillip Stone, 
announced that a scholar- 
ship is being instituted in 
their honor to be awarded to 
deserving minority students. 

*GregWingfield'75BS 
'76MURP/H8cS is president 
of Metro Richmond 
Economic Development 
Partnership. 

Robert Wooding 
'76BFA/A, a former art 
enthusiast, has become a 
"medicine man." Robert 
teaches traditional healing 
arts in Rappahannock 
County. 

Mary Yates '70BS/H8cS 
'72MS/E was presented with 
a Special Recognition Award 
from the University of North 
Texas in May. Maiy is 
director of the University 
Union on campus. 

1 980s 

Bary Badgett '85BFA/A is 

a 1995 Mid-Amercia Arts 
Alliance/National 
Endowment for Arts Fellow. 
Bary received his MFA. in 
sculpture from Syracuse 
University in 1990 and is 
currently head of sculpture 



media at Wichita State 
University. 

^Robert Baird '83BS/B is 
a real estate broker with 
Snyder Hunt Realty, Inc. in 
Glen Allen. Robert has 
received numerous recogni- 
tions for top sales in 1992, 
1993 and 1994. He received 
Richmond's Top New Home 
Sales Person Award from the 
National Sales & Marketing 
Council in 1994. 

Matt Ball '87BS/B is head 
golf professional at 
Richmond Country Club. 

Mary Ballinger '89BS/E is 
assistant professor of English 
and coordinator of the 
writing program at the 
University of Charleston, 
WV. 

*Lori Blackmon 
'83BA/H8cS has returned to 
VCU to pursue a PhD in 
pubUc policy. 

James Bonevac '84BS 
'86MAyB was recently 
promoted to senior business 
analyst at Signet Bank. 

*Gerald Bowman 
'82MS/SW is president of the 
International Chapter of the 
National Association of 
Social Workers (NASW). 
Gerald is a social worker in 
Germany where he lives with 
his wife Iris and their two 
children. 

*Monique Braxton '8 IBS 
'84MS/MC anchors 
"Morning Report" for 
NewsChannel 8, a 24-hour 
cable news service in 
Springfield. She was previ- 




William Moorefield '74/E (center) 
with Wayne Blake '72/E and his 
wife Liniia. 



(/ rj Peter McNally '92/B. Ryan 
Andre^vs '92/B and Jennifer 
Welbom Andrews '91/H&S. 



VCU Men's Basketball Coach 
Sonny Smith (left) with Kathryn 
Combs MacIIwaine '89/E and 
R.Allen MacIIwaine '83DDS/D. 



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ously peninsula IjLiivau cliici 
reporter at WAVY-TV- 10, 
the NI5(; affiliate in Norfolk. 
Moniquc is engaged to 
marry Dr. Dennis Gaskin of 
Greensboro, NC in 19%. 

GaylCarr'84BS/SWwas 
appointed judge for Fairfax 
Juvenile and Domestic 
Relations Cvml in August 
1994. Gayl is a former assis- 
tant attorney general for the 
Commonwealth of Virginia. 
She resides in Fairfax with 
her husband Alfred Carr 
'83BS/B, a regulatory 
accountant for Potomac 
Electric Power Company in 
Washington, DC. 

Elena Chalcraft 
'84MFA/A and her husband 
Rory had a son, Christopher 
Aston, on April 25. Elena is a 
human resources analyst for 
the American Psychological 
Association in Washington 
D.C. 

JeffeiyCobum'84BS/B 
is pastor of Signal Heights 
Baptist Church in 
Sacramento, CA. Jeffrey 
received his Master of 
Divinity from Golden Gate 
Baptist Theological Seminary 
in 1988. He married Lori 
Burdinein 1986. 

Donna Connor '89BS/B 
married Michael Ignacz in 
May 1994 in Pittstown, NJ. 
Donna is a business system 
analyst for Kemper National 
Insurance Co. in Summit, 
NJ. 

TonyEarles'85BS 
'87MS/H8cS is curator of the 



(Children's Museujn of 
Virginia in Portsmouth. 

*Francis Feorizzi 
'87BS/B is system engineer 
supervisor for Electronic 
Data Systems in Parsippany, 
NJ. 

Joan Glynn '85MBA/B is 
now director of alumni 
affairs for the University of 
North Carolina at 
Greensboro. Joan was execu- 
tive director of the MCV 
Alumni Association from 
1993 till November, 1995. 

Christine Gove '82BS 
'93MBAyB was recently 
promoted to vice president 
for administration and 
finance of the MCV 
Foundation. 

Leigh Guthrie '82BS/MC 
is CO- founder with her 
husband Steve Patmagrian of 
New Atmosphere 
Productions, Inc., a special 
event production company 
and scene shop. Leigh is 
museum events coordinator 
at The John and Mable 
Ringling Museum of Art in 
Sarasota, PL, where she and 
her husband live with their 
two sons. 

*Lynn Hackney '88BS/B 
is owner and operator of 
Century 2 1 Performance, a 
real estate brokerage firm in 
Fairfax, VA. The firm is the 
largest of the Century 2 1 
system in VA, MD, DC and 
Delaware. Lynn lives in 
Vienna, VA with her 
husband, Tim McClellan 
'88BS/B. 




(l-r) Robert Asphmd '94/B ami lus 
wife, Ameliii, ivir/i Beverly 
Matthews '77/E mid Iicr husband. 
Forrest. 



Carrie W'ccdon '60 ,.'t,'. .,, 
Pamela Kivistik '85/H&S. 



'Cathy Hcrndon 
'80MS/E is an arti.st and an 
art teacher for Fredcrick.s- 
burg ( Jty Schools. Cathy 
won Best in Show at the 
Hanover Arts Festival in May 
1995, and has featured her 
work in two invitational 
shows in July. She will partic- 
ipate in a Kingston Univer- 
sity teacher exchange in 
London next |une. 

Mary Hemdon 
'88BA/H&S is human 
resource manager for the 
State Council of Higher 
Education for Virginia. 

JohnHohl'BlBS/HScS 
was recently assigned to U.S. 
Strategic Command, Offutt 
Air Force Base in Nebraska. 
John is a lieutenant com- 
mander in the U.S. Navy. 

Ruth Hunter '84BFAyA is 
a interior design consultant 
for Period Designs, which 
offers 1 7th and 1 8th centun.' 
items. Her son, Robert 
Hunter'78BS/H&Sisa 
partner in the firm, designing 
and developing a variet\' of 
historical products. Robert is 
also an antique dealer spe- 
cializing in British and 
American potter;' and 
porcelain. 

Frederick Johnson 
'83BA/H&S is association 
sales manager for the 
Radisson Plaza Hotel at 
Mark Center in Alexandria. 
Frederick also o\st!s EFFIES 
(Elegant Fine Food Including 
Excellent Sersnce), a catering 
and special e\'ents company. 
He li\'es in Maniland with his 
wife Syhda and their son 
Corbin. 

James Johnson 
'80MS/H&S was recently 
named the new command 
sergeant major of die L^. S. 
.Army Reserve's 80th 
Dixision in Richmond. 
James is a retired Internal 
Re\'enue Ser\ice special 
agent and currenth' an 




VC:U[)oer 
Marsha Shuler 
*74BS '79MA/B 

Doing: Vice Proident of the 
Federal Reserve Bank of 
Richmond. 

Volunteer 
for Special 

Olympics: ^^V" ^ - 

former chair- 
woman of 
Virginia's 
board; on 
planning 
committee for 
U.S. Special Olympics; dcx^ 
training for Special Olympics 
chapters around the country. 

Helped form and was a past 
president of the School of 
Business Alumni Board. Sponsor 
for the Alumni E.vtern Program, 
mentor for an MBA student 
Current member of the VCU 
Alumni Association Board. 

Quote: "I especially enjoy men- 
toring students. Being in the 
working world, I can see what a 
tremendous resource for new 
talent VCU is. Students don't 
always know how to capitalize on 
their own strengths. I want to use 
my experience and resources to 
see that Richmond and Virginia 
realize and use that potentJaL" 



adjunct professor of criminal 
justice at X^irgjnia Union 
Uni\ersit\'. 

Stephen Jones 
'89BS/H8cSandhis\sife 
Susan '89BS/N had their first 
child, GritHn Mark, on 
December 21, 1994. Stephen 
is a claims sp>ecialist at State 
Farm Insurance Company in 
Fairfax, \'A. 

Rolando Lamb '86BS/E 
and Monty Knight '82BS/B 
are fiill-time ministers at 
.Athletes for Jesus, a commu- 
nit\-based ministr\" that 
helps foster positive peer 
pressure among at-risk 
youth. Their workbook. .Art' 
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Martha Coleman Myers '47BA/A 

BY JANE WEAVER POULTON •47B/H&S 

As Martha Coleman stood in RPI registration 
lines her freshman year, she had no idea that 
she was taking the first steps toward a career in 
modern dance. A small girl with a lovely voice, 
she was planning a career in music. Already she 
was a serious voice student, in demand for 
church solos and civic events. 

Martha had operatic ambitions and first 
chose a drama major. "I found myself in a basement splattering paint on scenery, which seemed to be a mindless sort of occupation. 
Some of my friends were having an exciting time in sociology courses vAxh Dr. Alice Davis. She used the Socratic method, and the 
arguments and discussions went on long after class. Also she was amenable to my majoring in her field and keeping a minor in 
music." 

In fact, one of "Dr. Alice's" principles was "use all your talents" — an exhortation Martha used later with her own students. For 
one of Davis's classes, Martha remembers composing a poem about class distinctions in society, setting it to music, and choreo- 
graphing it. She performed this satirical work as her term paper. 

In January 1944 under the auspices of the YMCA, students and their advisors from several area colleges and institutions formed 
the interracial Richmond Intercollegiate Council. (See letters, page 2.) Their one-credit lecture and concert series was the first inter- 
racial college course in Richmond. Martha was always wdlling to sing and represent RPI, and was elected council president her senior 
year. 

With all her other responsibilities, Martha was still studying voice and music seriously. How did she join the dance? 
She was side-stepping physical education, actually. "I hated the idea of physical ed and thought it would be less painfiil to take 
dancing, a phys ed elective. The two young women in the department were both interested in dance. One of them was a very well 
trained dancer from New York. My teachers thought I had a flexible body suitable for dancing and encouraged me." 

Martha's talents caught the attention of others, including Dr. Margaret Johnson, the assistant dean whose office door was always 
open to students. In 1944, Johnson and her mother were living on the first floor of an old house on Grove Avenue, where Martha 
lived above them. 

"They were very long-suffering, hearing the thumps I made when I practiced dance exercises and then vocal exercises. The news- 
paper boy came one night when I was doing scales and told Mrs. Johnson that he didn't know she had a dentist upstairs." 

Dancing overtook singing in Martha's senior year, after a discouraging interview at Peabody Institute in Baltimore. After gradua- 
tion, she studied in New York with Hanya Holm, Martha Graham, Jose Limon and others, and then earned her master's at Smith 
where she taught for 1 1 years. 

In a long career in dance, Martha taught at Connecticut College and at the American Dance Festival's summer program at 
Durham, North Carolina. Now Dean of the Festival, she has traveled abroad with some of the dance companies and students from 
all over the world who come there. She is Henry B. Plant Professor Emeritus of Dance at Connecticut, where the new dance studio is 
named for her. Both the National Dance Association and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts have honored her lifetime con- 
tributions to dance. She is still teaching choreography to young students and directors in New York and with the summer Festival. 

The versatility of Martha's RPI years has been borne out in her life. In 1960, she even stepped 
up to a rmke and into broadcasting, anchor for the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. "I wrote and 
produced my own material. I think it was a first for a woman. I seem to have been involved in a 
number of 'firsts,'" she adds, a little surprised by her own Ufe. 

Her favorite work "is a production of Carmina Burana which I choreographed with the Yale 
orchestra and glee club in the late '70s. We performed at Yale and Connecticut vWth a cast of students 
and a few local artists. A great triumph, according to my colleagues, and the last choreography I did. I 
went out in a blaze of glory. It combined all my interests: dance, music, voice, theater. In short — an 
opera," she finishes, with a flourish. 

So Martha Myers managed to dance back to her first love. And as usual. Dr. Alice was right. 

IN 1993. JANE WEAVER POULTON PUBLISHED A BETTER LEGEND FROM THE WORLD WAR II 
LETTERS OF JANE AND JACK POULTON. SHE IS A MEMBER OF VCU'S 50-YEAR ALUMNI CLUB. 




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Bouiulsi' Mas llunighl- 
provoking, game-related 
scenarios that leach the 
reader the proper approach 
to problems on-court or on- 
ficld. Rolando and Monty 
were key players (or the VCU 
Rams in 1 982, and both have 
spent several years coaching 
basketball. 

Jesse Lennon '87BS 
'88MBA/B is principal 
broker and co-owner of 
Pioneer Realty in Richmond. 

^Deborah Liles 
'87BFA/A is CEO and presi- 
dent of Liles Entertainment 
United in Roanoke, and is 
currently performing nation- 
wide with blues and jazz acts. 
Deborah is also wTiting 
gospel music on the 
southern gospel circuit wdth 
duo LUes & Taylor. 

William Martin '80BS/E 
received a master of science 
degree in education from 
Virginia Tech in May. 
William is a marketing edu- 
cation teacher-coordinator at 
Clover HiU High School. 

SaraMetz'81MA/H&S 
published Proof Positive/An 
Empirical Look at God's 
Foitnh Dimension in May. 

Frances Meyer '82MS/E 
received the Honor Award 
from the Southern District- 
American Alliance for 
Health, Physical Education, 
Recreation and Dance 
during its 62nd annual con- 
vention in Orlando. Frances 
is a specialist in health educa- 
tion for the Virginia 
Department of Education. 

*Michael Miller 
'SSMBA/B was recendy 
elected chairman of the 
board of commissioners for 
the Virginia Housing 
Development Authority. He 
is a former senior appraiser 
for the Richmond office of 
the U.S. Department of 
Housing and Urban 



THE SHAOOW KNOWS 



VCUAA needs alurnni voluniefais who will help their student 
"shadows" learn about the working world. Sponsor a student through 
the Alumni Extern Program, either January 2-12 or at spring break, 
March 11-15. Invite a student to work with you or "shadow" you at 
your ;ota. 

Students who want to explore a career during a holiday break sign 
up for the program, and VCUAA matches them up with alumni in their 
fields. Students receive no academic credit or financial award for par- 
ticipating. The purpose is solely to learn from alumni who have made 
the transition from campus to workplace. 

Interested? Contact Diane Stout-Brown at (804) VCU-ALUM or 
email: vcu-alum@vcu.edu. 



Development. Michael is 
owner of Michael G. Miller 
& Associates, which special- 
izes in appraising agricultur- 
al, commercial and residen- 
tial properties. 

Howard Owen 
'82MA/H&S was promoted 
to deputy managing editor, 
supervising the Flair and 
sports departments at the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
Howard is the author of two 
novels, Littlejohn (1992) and 
Fat Lightning ( 1994) and a 
third novel. Answers to 
Lucky, to be published in 
early 1996. 

Junius Parrish '84BFAyA 
and Anthony Turner 
'88BFA/A presented their 
spring collections to raise 
money for the Richmond 
AIDS Information Network 
in April at the Omni 
ballroom. 

Roger Quint '85BS 
'86MS/H&S is co-owner and 
president of Los Andes, Inc., 
making empanadas for dis- 
tribution in major supermar- 
ket chains. 

Deborah Randolph 
'84BS/B is a sales representa- 
tive tor lender services and 
central residential services at 
Lawyers Tide Insurance 
Corp. in Richmond. 
Deborah previously served as 
a commercial sponsorship 
coordinator with the L^.S. 
Armv at Fort Lee, VA. 



Beryl Riley '88BS/H&S 

received a Master of Urban 
Affairs from Virginia Tech in 
May. 

*Cheri Ruch '83BS/H&S 
is pursing a PhD in public 
administration at Portland 
State University. 

William Schwartz 
'86BS/B is vice president of 
sales at TDI, a out-of-home 
media network in New York. 

*Louise Seals '83MS/MC 
was recendy named treasurer 
for the Associated Press 
Managing Editors. Louise is 
managing editor of the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

♦Michael Seay '84BFAyA 
is camera department head 
for Neagle's Flexo Inc., in 
Ashland, VA. 

Sharon Sikes '82BA/H&S 
'89MS/AH(RC) is case 
manager for Henrico Mental 
Health and Retardation 
Ser\ices. Sharon and her 
husband Steven '81BS/H&S 
live in Richmond with their 
Uvo children. 

Frank Smeeks 
'88BS/H&S recei\ed his MD 
in Ma)' and is currendy a 
resident ph\'sician in emer- 
gency medicine at Wright 
State LTniversit)". 

Sarah Snead '83MS/SW 
is director of the Chesterfield 
Social Services Department 
Sarah was pre\iously director 



of the King CJcorgc Ojtnt v 
SfKJal Services Dcparit;.:;,' 

'William Springer 
'87BS/B is rclaij marketing 
manager at Rjxhestcr 
Telephone Oirp. in New 
York, where he lives with his 
wife Virginia. 

Cathy Taylor '89MBA/B 
was recently promoted U) 
corfjorate director, environ- 
mental quality department at 
Reynolds .Metals. 

Brian Wigutow '86BS/B 
married Christine Gay, June 
25 in Rockville, MD. Brian is 
a general manager with the 
corporate services division of 
the .Marriott Corp. 

Debra Womick 
'82BS/MC received a Doctor 
of Pediatric Medicine degree 
and is a pediatric resident at 
Wykoff Medical Center in 
Hazel Crest, IL. 

Mark Woodruff 
'81BFA/A is assistant 
managing editor of Rolling 
Stone magazine in New York. 
Mark was previously 
managing editor of Spin 
magazine. 

'Walter Zenda 
'80MBA/B is \ice president 
of operations for Jay- El 
Products Inc., an aerospace 
and telecommunications 
compan\" in California. 
Walter and his wife Diann 
are mentors with a non- 
profit organization called the 
Fulfillment Fimd, wiiich 
helps motivate at risk middle 
and high school students 
toward achieving higher edu- 
cation. Diann started a 
similar organization. 
Operation: Jump Start, 
where she is chairwoman 
and president, and \S'alter is 
secretan.-. They held their 
first student-mentor recep- 
tion in Julv. 



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SUMMER 1 9 <l ; 



1 990s 

Janet Alvarez '90BS/H&S 

recently moved to Puerto 
Rico to establish the 
company and serve as presi- 
dent of Educational Media 
Services. Janet is also the 
media advisor of the 
Secretary of the Department 
of Social Services. She 
recendy published her first 
novel. 

*Tyler Anthony 
'91BA/H&S is assistant to 
the president at Capes 
Capital Management, Inc., in 
Norfolk. 

Salvatore Bavuso 
'95BS/H&S recently com- 
pleted officer indoctrination 
school with the U.S. Navy in 
Newport, RI. 

Merle Braun '90BFAyA is 
an arts resource teacher for 
Henrico County. 

Chris Brewer 
'93BA/H&S, former VCU 
Rams guard, is an assistant 
coach at Columbus College 
in Georgia. 

Elizabeth Burford 
•95BGS/NTSisdiel995 
winner of the Nontraditional 
Studies Alumni Association 
achievement Award. 
Rosalind Newton at VCU's 
Carer Center, said that 
"Betty is the epitome of the 
'servant-leader'" in her many 
volunteer activities in the 
Mennonite church, in her 
community and with VCU 
students on campus. 

Jennifer Bryan 
'92MS/MC established her 
own investment advisement 
business, J.B. Bryan Financial 
Group, Inc. in Midlothian, 
VA. Jennifer was previously a 
financial consultant at Wheat 
First Butcher Singer Inc. In 
addition to running her 
company, she does a daily 
business report on WSOJ- 
FM. 



Mark Carroll '93C/B is 

control clerk for Capital One 
in Richmond. 

William Casler '93BFA/A 
graduated fi-om The Basic 
School at Marine Combat 
Development Command in 
Quantico in May. 

*Ingrid Cauthome 
'93BS/H&S and her husband 
Michael had a son, Eric 
Joshua, on April 26. Ingrid is 
a travel consultant for E.A. 
Janes Corp. Travel, LTD, in 
Richmond. 

Samuel Clark '92BS/B 
married Kimberly Soter on 
April 8. Samuel is a sales rep- 
resentative at New 
Dominion Equipment Corp. 
in Richmond. 

Vickie Collins '94BS/B 
married Jamara Jones on 
September 9 in Chesapeake. 
Vickie works for the Federal 
Reseive Automation 
Services. 

Carla Crigger '93BS/H&S 
graduated from the Virginia 
State Police Academy in 
April. 

Rosalyn Dance 
'94MPA/H&S is mayor of 
the City of Petersburg. 

George Davies 
'91MURP/H&S married 
Virginia Cutchins in April. 
George is coordinator of 
housing for Community 
Alternatives Management 
Group in Virginia Beach, 
where the couple lives. 

Dawn Day '91BFA/A 
married David Williamson 
September 9 in Hatteras, 
NC. Dawn is a choreograph- 
er and assistant director at 
Ravel Dance Studio in 
Reston, VA where the couple 
lives. 

Sarah Deacon '92MAE/A 
is an art teacher for Louisa 
County Schools in Virginia. 

SeanFenton'92BS/Bis 
training officer for 91st 
Troop Command, Virginia 
Army National Guard. Sean 



and his wife Linda live in 
Glen Allen, VA with their 
two daughters. 

*Eric Finkbeiner 
'90BS/MC was executive 
director of Governor Allen's 
Commission on Parole 
Abolition and Sentencing 
Reform. Eric's wife Michelle 
'89BS/MC is marketing 
manager for the law firm 
McGuire, Woods, Battle & 
Boothe. 

HUary Guess '90BA/H&S 
is a real estate agent for 
Worsham & Co. in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Arthur Gumenik 
'93PhD/B was named the 
Carman G. Blough Associate 
Professor of Accounting 
from Bridgewater College, 
which honors the life and 
professional career of the late 
Carman G. Blough, who 
taught at Bridgewater from 
1917-1918. 

Kerry Hef&ier'92PhD/ 
H&S recently completed a 
postdoctoral fellowship at 
Bowling Green State 
University in Ohio, and is 
assistant professor at the 
University of Indianapolis, 
IN. 

*William Hershman 
'92BS/MC is a news 
producer for News Channel 
8 in Springfield, VA. William 
is also an active instructor 
and firefighter in the Fairfax 
County Fire and Rescue 
Department . 

Jennifer Hicks '92MED/ 
H&S is pursuing a master's 
degree in administration and 
supervision at VCU. Jennifer 
is a kindergarten teacher at 
Ginter Park Elementary in 
Richmond. 

^Jennifer Horton '94MT/ 
H&S married Richard 
Franklin in June. Jennifer 
teaches kindergarten in 
Alexandria, where the couple 
lives. 



*Harvey Hutchinson 
'91BS/B formed Brunson, 
Hutchinson & Associates 
with WiUiam Brunson in 
July 1994. They specialize in 
investments and financial 
planning. 

Anne Keen '93BFA/A is a 
designer for The Garden 
Collections, an imaginative 
shop full of distinctively dif- 
ferent antiques and acces- 
sories in Richmond. 

Shirley Kesler '90BFA/A 
is curator of the Ford's 
Theatre National Historic 
Site in Washington, DC. In 
July, she opened a special 
exhibit featuring the objects 
President Lincoln had in his 
pockets on the night he was 
assassinated — on loan from 
the Library of Congress. 

Deborah Lammers 
'90BA/H&S was accepted 
into the information sciences 
program at the University of 
Tennessee in KnoxviUe. 

Robert Lapsley '95BS/B 
received his bachelor's 
degree in business from 
VCU this May — before he 
turned 50! Robert has spent 
32 years earning his under- 
graduate degree part-time 
and holding full-time jobs. 
Robert's wife Joyce '93 
MEd/E, an instructor at 
J. Sargeant Reynolds, 
laughed that her husband's 
goal was "to graduate before 
the children." Robert is a 
systems analyst for SEC 
Computer Co. 

Michelle Lucas 
'92BS/MC is a development 
associate for Lenox HiU 
Hospital in New York City. 
In her spare time, Michelle 
also races bicycles in the tri- 
state area. 

^Robert Lumley 
'95MBA/B is an income 
property appraiser and 
analyst for First Union 
Mortgage Corp. 



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*Diana Lynch '90BS/B 

married Maltlicw Fierst on 
April 8. I )iiina is manager of 
new product development at 
tile American Trucking 
Associates in Alexandria, VA. 

Mary McFain '94BS/ 
H&S was recently accepted 
into the Master of 
Occupational I'herapy 
program at Texas Women's 
University in Dallas. She will 
do her clinical studies on the 
Presbyterian Campus in 
19%. 

Anne-Marie Meduri 
'94BS/H&S is store manager 
for Guess? Co. in Richmond. 

^WiUiam Miller 
'90MBA/B is director of the 
fast-track MBA at VCU. 

Keven Murphy '90BS/E 
is assistant brigade opera- 
tions officer for the U.S. 
Army in Fort Sill, OK. 

Linda Neher'92BS/H&S 
is pursuing a doctorate in 
clinical psychology at George 
Mason University. Linda is a 
psychology intern at Eastern 
Virginia Medical School in 
Norfolk. 

Esther Nelson '92BGS/ 
NTS '94MA/H&S is a volun- 
teer with the Peace Corps, 
serving as an English teacher 
trainee in Sri Lanka. 

Deborah Niciphor 
'94BS/MC married Steven 
0'NeyonMay21 in 
Richmond. Steven is a 
captain in the U.S. Air Force. 
The couple lives in Manassas. 

Biljana Obradovic 
'9 IMFA/H&S received a 



i'liD ill English Irom the 
University of Nebra.ska, 
Lincoln in May, and is cur- 
rently a visiting a.ssistant pro- 
fessor at Drake University in 
Dcs Moines. 

Helen Percgonov 
'91BS/B is an executive assis- 
tant at the Es.sex Corporation 
in Columbia, MD. 

(>atherine Petroff 
'92MED/Eisateacherat 
West Ruislip Elementary in 
London. 

Daniel Redman 
'93BS/H&S was promoted to 
petty officer 2nd class in the 
U.S. Navy while serving 
aboard the guided missile 
frigate USS Curts. He was 
also chosen Junior Sailor of 
the Quarter, top performer 
of all the sailors assigned to 
the command. 

Tamara Rogers 
'93BFA/A was crowned Miss 
Richmond 1995 in April. 

^Michael Scourby 
'90MED/E and his wife 
Kathy '95MS/B relocated to 
Knoxville, TN. Kathy is an 
office administrator for 
Hunton & Williams, and 
Michael is a teacher with 
Anderson County Schools. 

Melissa Simms '90BS/B 
and her husband William, 
celebrated their one-year 
anniversary on April 9. 
Bridesmaids at their wedding 
were Sonia Jones '90BS/B 
and Sallie Anthony 
'90BS/MC. Melissa is a 
customer accounts specialist 
at GE Lighting, and William 



is a self-employed paint con- 
tractor. The aiupjc lives in 

Mechanicsville, VA. 

Kristcn Smith '94MS/E is 
an exercise physiologist at 
Broward (ieneral Medical 
Clenter in Ft. I^udcrdale, FL. 
In her spare time, she teaches 
aerobics at Don Shula's 
athletic club in Miami. 

Phaedra Staton'94BS/ 
H&S married John Oubre 
'94BS/B August 26 in It. 
Belvoir, VA. Phaedra was a 
program support technician 
for MCVAA (she wrote these 
notes); and John is a helicop- 
ter specialist in the U.S. Army. 
They were transferred to 
Savannah, GA in February. 

^Matthew Tessier 
'93BS/E is director of chapter 
services for Kappa Delta 
Rho, Inc. Matthew co-held 
five VCU track records in his 
first year, and was all-confer- 
ence in the Metro Indoor 
800 and Indoor 4X400 relay 
in 1992. He is engaged to 
many *Cyndra Flymi 
'94BS/MC on May 25, 1996. 
Cyndra was a featured writer 
for the Commonwealth Times 
and editor of Reflections In 
Ink. She also served as Greek 
Coimcil president, \ice presi- 
dent, and xdce president of 
her sorority. Phi Sigma 
Sigma. She is currently a 
graduate assistant for Greek 
affairs at Indiana LTni\'ersit)', 
and will receive her second 
degree in May 1996. 

*Margaret Tinsley 
'92MFA/H&S is director of 



public relations at the 
Valentine Museum, She 
joined the museum staff in 
August 1993. 

Helene Vangjj '94BS/MC 
is events crxirdinator for the 
Virginia Regional Minority 
Supplier Development 
Qjuncil. Helene previously 
worked for Housing 
Cjpportunities Made Ex^ual 
of Richmond. 

Sean Vincent •92BFA/A 
started a small business of 
interior/exterior mural and 
sign painting, Sean also 
created a graphics art and lit- 
erature magazine called 
Vulya-can-o. 

Uonel Walsh '92MFAyA 
directed Agatha Chirstie's 
And Tlien There Were None 
in January. Lionel teaches in 
the acting program at the 
School of Dramatic Art, 
UniversiU' of Windsor in 
Ontario, Canada. Next year, 
he will direct Tlie Childrai's 
Hour by Lillian Hellman. 

JereiwiLTiore'90BA 
'93MA/H&S is a first->ear 
law student at the University 
of San Diego. 

AROUND IH[ 



DC area alumni met at their 
annual reception at the Fairfax 
Government Center in earty 
October. Susan Laird Jenkins 
'69 BFA/A and her husband 
Charles Posted 140 alumm and 
guests. 




(l-r) Catherine Fleming 'S3/H&S. 
Shaun Edwards '83/B and Lama 
Kanawati '88/P. 



{l-r) Leslie Rhodes 'S7/A. Austin 
Groom and Stevenson Bolden 
'84/B. 



{l-r) Christoplier George, yadine 
Derowitsch '92/H&S '9-i/Cc-PA 
and Randy Mickens '93/Hcr-5. 



l-r BiU Firestone 09 A 
Stephanie Firestone aiid Susie Van 
Pool '64/A mth hosrs Susan land 
Jenkitis '69/A and :•!< 



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SUMMER 1*95 



iLDRElOFALUMllDAY 

This spring, we are planning a special day for children of alumni who 
will soon be chosing their college. Alumni and their children will be 
invited to attend a day of events and activities planned especially for 
them. We'll include a campus tour, discussions on financial aid and 
scholarships, academic program overviews, a chance to attend 
classes, and sessions of special interest. It's also a chance for parents 
to talk with other alumni who have children considering college. 

If you have children or relatives who are interested in VCU and who 
will be high school sophomores or juniors in the fall of 1996, please 
complete the information below so we can be sure to send them a 
special invitation. 

Please send the information to VCU Alumni Activities, P. O. Box 
843044, Richmond, VA 23284-3044. email vcu-alum@vcu.edu. 
Fax (804) 828-0878 Phone (804) VCU-ALUM 



NAME OF ALUMNUS 



ADDRESS OF ALUMNUS 


CITY 


STATE 


ZIP 


DAYTIME TELEPHONE ( 1 


NAME OF STUDENT 


ADDRESS OF STUDENT 


CITY 


STATE 


ZIP 


STUDENT TELEPHONE 1 1 


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STUDENT 




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EXPECTED DATE OF HIGH 


SCHOOL GRADUATION 




LIST MAJORIS) OF INTEREST 



List any information about VCU you are interested in learning about. 
Please send one form (or list of information) for each student. 
For additional information, call (804) VCU-ALUM (828-2586). 



*Clint White '93BA/ 
H&S, after a year and a half 
at the Santa Fe Opera, is now 
company manager for the 
Martha Graham Dance 
Company. On campus in 
November with the 
company, White said he was 
struck again as he had been 
as a freshman from 
Blacksburg — "totally electri- 
fied by the scene, by the fall 
light on the bricks." 

*Tracie Yates '94MT/E is 
a sixth-grade teacher at 
Thomburg Middle School iii 
Spotsylvania County, VA. 



Obituaries 

1 940s 

Adelaide Snead Creasy 
'41BFA/A in December. 

A talented craftsperson 
weU-loved and respected by 
many alumni, she was the 
widow of John Will Creasy 
'42BFA/A who died in July, 
1994. 

Josephine Killinger '47 
C/SW February 13, 1993 in 
Roanoke. 

Harriet Moncure '49 
BS/E March 30 in Stafford. 

Catherine Welton '42 
C/A May 25 in Richmond. 



1 950s 

Cecil Banks '58BS/H&S 

September 25 in Cold 
Harbor. Cecil was a retired 
social studies and history 
teacher at Flighland Springs 
High School in Henrico 
County. 

1 960s 

Larry Lewis '68BS/MC 

June 16 of cancer in 
Richmond. Larry was 
founder and promoter of the 
Greater Richmond Car 
Show, and owner of Lewis 
Advertising Inc. 

Lawrence Zinski '69BS/B 
May 7 after a long illness in 
Richmond. Lawrence was a 
retired Philip Morris vice 
president. After retiring in 
1994, he organized and was 
president of Management 
Consulting Specialist Co. 

1 970s 

Ted Blanks '70BS/H&S 

May 29 in a local hospital 
after a heart attack. Ted was a 
senior purchasing agent for 
PhQip Morris, and a long- 
term Republican activist in 
the 4th Congressional 
District in Richmond. 

Catherine Nicholson 
'78MSW/SWMayl5of 
pancreatic cancer in Falls 
Church. Cadierine was a 
clinical social worker and 
had been social services 
director of Goodwin House 
Inc. of Alexandria. 

Paul Robert Rodericks 
'75BS '79MEd/E, principal 
of Powatan Elementary 
School, December 4, of a 
heart attack at 46. His wit 
brought intellectual energy 
to the six schools where he 
taught or was principal. This 
past April, he told his 
students that if they read 
186,000 minutes, he would 
dress up as a ballerina and 
read to them. They did, and 



he did. Dressed in a tutu, he 
read "The Principal's New 
Clothes." 

Gary Sandy '75BS/H&S 

July 7 of AIDS related com- 
plications in Winchester. He 
was a producer of instruc- 
tional videos for two mili- 
tary/defense support organi- 
zations in Washington DC. 

1 980s 

Dennis Klayton '80 
MBA/B June 6 in a car 
accident at Zion Crossroads 
in Fluvanna. Dennis had a 
private accounting practice 
in Farmville and taught at 
Longwood College and Mary 
Washington College as a 
professor of accoimting. He 
is survived by his wife 
Margaret '94PhD/B. 

EUzabeth Vantrease '88 
MM/A April 20 of Lou 
Gehrig's disease in 
Richmond. EUzabeth was a 
former journalist at the 
Times-Herald, the former 
afternoon newspaper in 
Newport News. She left to 
pursue her music degree at 
VCU in 1984. 




The Way We Are— Aren't 

Alumni of the '40s, '50s and 
early '60s recognized our 
photo on page 2 — Chelf s 
Drug Company at Grace and 
Shafer Streets. "Limeades 
and love affairs," said one of 
them. Later alumni will 
remember the building, 
fallen on hard times, as The 
Greca night club. Now, it's 
just plain fallen. 

Sadly we report that 
Chelf s is shelved. Rest in 
Peace. 



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